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Downers Grove Divorce Attorneys | Family Lawyers, Downers Grove IL

Navigating family transitions? A family law attorney can provide the careful attention your divorce process demands, ensuring your future choices and security are well-protected during this significant life change.
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"Kevin was extremely professional, responsive and knowledgeable when I came to him for help. I would definitely recommend O'Flaherty Law!"

We believe your attorney should not speak in legalese

Finding an attorney who is a “real person” can be difficult. Many attorneys surround themselves almost exclusively with other attorneys and are accustomed to speaking in ivory tower legalese.  You should be able to connect with your attorney on a personal level, and he or she should speak to you in plain language that you can understand.  You will be working very closely with this person on issues that are very important to you. It is important that he or she be down-to-earth and someone that you connect with.

We believe your attorney should be accessible

The most common complaint that clients have of their attorneys is that the attorney is unreachable, does not communicate with them regularly, or does not promptly return your calls.  Your attorney should reach out to you about your case regularly and respond within 24 hours to calls and e-mails.  An open line of communication between you and your attorney is essential to building trust.

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We believe your attorney should be realistic with you about costs and outcomes

Your attorney’s goal should not be to win at all costs.  Rather, it should be to achieve a favorable outcome for you as efficiently as possible.  It is important that your attorney set realistic expectations at the outset as to the costs you should expect, the concerns that the attorney has about the outcome of your case, and the length of time that you should expect your case to take.

Regardless of the nature of your case, we have an experienced attorney who will focus on your individual needs. Our team of attorneys works closely together, bringing each of their different fields of experience to bear in order to optimize our client care.

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About Downers Grove Family Law Attorneys:

  • Navigating Marital Property Division
  • As you go through a divorce, understanding how marital property is handled is crucial. In Illinois, marital property, which includes assets acquired during your marriage, is divided equitably. This doesn't always mean equally, but rather in a fair way, based on your situation. As your family law lawyer, we help you navigate this complex process, whether it's through mutual agreements or court determinations. Remember, properties owned prior to the marriage usually remain separate, provided they were maintained separately throughout the marriage. We'll assist you in identifying and classifying your assets to ensure a fair division.
  • Child Custody and Parenting Time Decisions
  • Child custody is a central aspect of divorce proceedings involving children. As your attorney in Downers Grove, we focus on ensuring that parenting time and decision-making authority are arranged in the best interests of your children. The allocation of parenting time, which replaces the traditional concept of physical custody, can vary greatly. From alternating weeks to splitting weeks or allocating the majority of time with one parent, we work with you to find the best arrangement for your family's unique circumstances.
  • The Role of Downers Grove Attorneys in Your Family Law Case
  • In Downers Grove, attorneys like us play a pivotal role in guiding you through these challenging family law matters. Our goal is to ensure that you're fully informed and supported in making decisions that affect you and your children. We understand that every family's situation is different, and we're committed to providing personalized, compassionate legal assistance. From property division to parenting time, we're here to help you navigate the legal aspects of your divorce, ensuring your rights and interests are protected every step of the way.
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What to Expect From a Legal Consultation

The purpose of a consultation is to determine whether our firm is a good fit for your legal needs. Although we often discuss expected results and costs, our attorneys do not give legal advice unless and until you choose to retain us.

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Downers Grove, IL 60515

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I am personally committed to ensuring that each one of our clients receives the highest level of client service from our team.  Our mission is to provide excellent legal work in a cost-effective manner while maintaining open lines of communication between our clients and their attorneys.  Many of our clients are going through difficult times in their lives when they reach out to us.  They should feel comfortable leaning on the experience and knowledge of our attorneys as their counselors and advocates.  We are here to help!

- Attorney Kevin O'Flaherty, Owner

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Recent Changes To Illinois Divorce Laws

Our Downers Grove family law team is here to help you understand some of the recent changes to family law in Illinois.

2016 brought many changes to Illinois Divorce Law, which were intended to reduce the likelihood of disputes and modernize the divorce process.  Below are some of the most important revisions to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act:

  • Grounds for Divorce:  Prior to 2016, grounds for divorce could be either irreconcilable differences or a myriad of more specific statutory grounds, such as adultery or substance abuse.  The waiting period during which couples were required to live separate and apart was longer for irreconcilable differences than if the party seeking divorce pled one of the specific statutory grounds for divorce.  Now, the only ground for divorce in Illinois is irreconcilable differences.  The parties must live separate and apart for 6 months prior to divorce.  However, this requirement can now be waived by agreement of the parties. 
  • Custody and Parental Responsibility: The terms "custodial parent," "non-custodial parent" and "visitation" are no longer used.  Instead of determining custody, the divorce court now determines the "allocation of parental time and responsibility." By no longer referring to the parent who receives less time with the child as the "non-custodial" parent, the legislature hoped to soften the blow on that party and reduce disputes.  Responsibility for major decisions is also now divided into four categories, which will be divided among the parents: medical decisions, educational decisions, religious decisions, and extra-curricular decisions. 
  • Parental Relocation: Prior to 2016, the custodial parent could move anywhere in the state of Illinois without a court order, but needed court approval to move out of state.  According to the new law, parents can move within 25 miles in-state or out-of-state without seeking court approval.  Outside of the Chicagoland area, parents are permitted to move 50 miles without court approval, unless the move is out of state. 

Read the entire article by our Downers Grove Family Law Attorneys on recent changes to Illinois divorce law.

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