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Lake in the HIlls Family Law Attorney | Divorce Lawyer, Lake in the Hills IL

Our experienced Lake in the Hills divorce & family law attorneys and staff will be your aggressive advocates while working to keep your case efficient and affordable. We were named one of the 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction for 2016 by the American Institute of Family Law attorneys, and were also a recipient of the Avvo Client's Choice Award in 2016 for Divorce. We are accessible, client focused, and excellent at what we do, exercising every option under the law to protect your rights and achieve the most favorable possible outcome to your case.
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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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Kevin's firm handled setting up my will and trust recently. They took something that seemed intimidating and made it easy to understand. I've also referred a couple clients to Kevin - he's trustworthy, approachable and very fairly priced.


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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!"

About Lake in the Hills Family Law Attorneys:

  • We Work Hard for You!  Our Lake in the Hills Divorce & Family Law Attorneys are experienced advocates for our clients, and we will do everything in our power to get the best result possible for you. We were honored to be named one of 2016's 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction, by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys and to be the recipient of the 2016 Avvo Client's Choice Award for Divorce. 
  • We Keep the Cost Low!  Legal fees can be intimidating and frustrating. We understand that and have worked hard to make our processes efficient in order to minimize cost to the client. We have your best interest in mind while managing expenses. 
  • We Build Great Relationships!  Not only do we have family law and divorce attorneys ready to provide their professional services to your case, but we also have many attorneys that focus on nearly every area of law. We work together to provide comprehensive legal services when your cases may overlap. We strive to be a source of great legal advise for many of your needs.
  • We are there for You When You Need It!  When it comes to legal matters, we understand that emergencies may arise at an instant. This is why we have our phones forwarded to Kevin O'Flaherty's cell phone after hours to ensure that you have peace of mind both day and night.
  • We Care about Your Case!  When you succeed, we succeed.  That's why we care so much about your case being taken care of from the very start. When you pay for legal service, you deserve the personalized attention and respect. We want you to leave happy and come back for future legal services.
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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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8411 Pyott Rd., Ste. 107

​Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

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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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Changes to Illinois Divorce Laws

Our Lake in the Hills divorce & family law attorneys discuss the new divorce laws that became effective in 2016. These laws were passed in an attempt to reduce the potential for disputes and update for the modern day parenting life. We have provided a summary of the section of the articles below that are the most important changes that may affect you and your case.

Grounds for Divorce

In the past, there were 11 grounds for divorce in Illinois. These included irreconcilable differences, adultery, impotence, or habitual drunkenness. During the waiting period, couples were required to live apart depending on the grounds. Now the only ground for divorce is irreconcilable differences and the waiting period is shorter.

Custody and Visitation Rights

Instead of referring to parents as custodial or non-custodial and assigning visitation rights, the divorce court now has adopted the term allocation of parenting time and responsibility. 

Relocation of a Parent

The custodial parent in the past was permitted to relocate without court order, but leave of court was still required to move out state. 

Read the entire article by our Lake in the Hills divorce & family law attorneys.

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Changes To Child Support Laws 2017

In this article our Lake in the Hills divorce attorneys discuss the new laws that took effect on July 1, 2017.These changes to Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act reform the calculation of child support in Illinois.

The divorce court now uses economic tables to determine base figure necessary to care for the child of the separating couple. These tables will take into account many factors such as combined income of the parents, cost of living based on locality, and the number of children of the parents.

‍But when situations arise where there is shared parenting, the support may be calculated differently. When this situation arises, each parent has the child for at least 146 nights a year. Also, while there is this shared parenting situation the child support will be multiplied by 1.5. This means the total amount allocated to child support will be increase for both parents. The relative income of each parent is not the only factor to be divided. Time is also considered in the court to determine how much time is given to each parent. The more time that is spent with the child will reduce the obligation of the child support allotment.  

Read the entire article by our Lake in the Hills divorce & family law attorneys.

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The Divorce Process

In this article, our Lake in the Hills divorce attorneys explain the divorce process:

  1. Petition for Dissolution of Marriage - The first step in initiating the divorce proceeding, one of the spouses must file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The purpose of this petition to establish ​the proper venue, explain background regarding their marriage, assets and income, children, and requests that the court decide the issues of child custody and support, division of property, spousal support & maintenance. This petition is personally served upon the other spouse along with a Summons requiring the respondent to appear at the initial court date.
  2. Response - Once the respondent receives this petition, the respondent files a Response that states his or her positions on the issues addressed in the petition.
  3. Discovery - The next step is to exchange documents and information that discloses income, assets, and liabilities through each party's respective attorney.
  4. Settlement Negotiations - Once the parties review these documents and information, the lawyers will attempt to resolve a lot of these issues through negotiations. If a successful settlement can be achieved, both parties would be able to save significantly on legal fees that would be spent going to trial. However, if there remains issues regarding the divorce after the efforts to settle, the parties may choose to undergo a mediation or pre-trial settlement conference wherein a third-party attorney mediator or judge will attempt to solve any lingering issues.
  5. Marital Settlement Agreement & Joint Parenting Agreement - If settlement is successful, the next step  is to sign a Martial Settlement Agreement. This agreement resolves financial issues upon. If children are involved, Joint Parenting Agreements may be reached which resolves custody and visitation issues. These files are to be filed with the court and a final hearing will be held that allows the court to approve the Marital Settlement Agreement and/or Joint Parenting Agreement. The judge then issues an Order of Dissolution which dissolves the marriages and begins the agreements that the parties have agreed to.
  6. Trial - On the other hand, if negotiations fail, parties will not be able to enter into a Marital Settlement Agreement or Join Parenting Agreement and a trial will be mandatory. The court will then be forced to decide on the disputed issues before making issuing the Order of Dissolution.

Read more by our Lake in the Hills divorce attorneys about Petitions for Dissolution of Marriage.

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