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Top 3 Qualities to Look for in Your Attorney

Your attorney should not speak in legalese.

Finding an attorney that 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.

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.

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, concerns that the attorney has about the outcome of your case, and the length of time that you should expect your case to take.


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Our Lisle probate attorneys are here to help if you are the executor or administrator of your loved one's estate. We focus on making the probate process as smooth, painless, and affordable as possible, so you can spend your time focusing on what matters: your family.

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If you are facing a DUI, Traffic or Criminal charge our Lisle DUI, Traffic & Criminal attorneys will aggressively defend your rights while keeping your interests first. Other attorneys pay more attention to the money of their clients thant the clients themselves. While being more interested in getting paid, they pressure their clients to take plea deals than in vigorously defending their clients. We do things differently at O'flaherty Law, our attorneys truly care about our clients’ well-being. Our DuPage criminal defense attorneys will only educate you on plea deals and advise you to accept them when they are only truly in your best interest. We are serious and aggressive defense attorneys that fight for you and are your trusted advisers, ready to fight for you!

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O'Flaherty Law of Downers Grove

5002 Main St., Ste. 201

Downers Grove, IL 60515

(630) 324-6666
info@oflaherty-law.com

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Why O'Flaherty Law of Downers Grove?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Downers Grove?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Downers Grove?

Top 3 Qualities to Look for in Your Attorney

Cost-Effective

When we started our firm in the midst of the recession, we learned to survive in a lean environment and pass the savings on to our clients.  As the economy has improved, we have not changed our philosophy.  We are hungry to grow our client base, and so we have intentionally set our rates below what the market will bear.  Our mission is to make each client walk away feeling that they got more value than they paid for.  This is easier to do when we make our prices affordable.

Client-Focused

The secret to our success as a firm is incredibly simple: we build a personal relationship with each of our clients and treat them with the respect that they deserve.  We pride ourselves on our open lines of communication, frequent check-ins with our clients, and our accessibility.  We are here to help you in any way we can, often leveraging our network of resources to assist you with non-legal issues that you may be having.  We are your one-stop problem-solver and trusted adviser.  All attorneys say that they provide excellent client service, but, unlike other attorneys, we practice what we preach.  We make sure every client walks away happy . . . period.

Comprehensive

We are your community law firm.  Our business is built on long-term relationships with our clients.  Our clients have the luxury of building trust over time with one team of attorneys, rather than having to find a new attorney for each different type of matter that arises over the course of their lives.  No one attorney can be an expert at everything.  That is why we have worked hard to assemble a team of attorneys with extensive experience in different areas of expertise.  Our attorneys work together closely to bring our collective experience to bear on any issue that may arise for our clients.

Great at What We Do

Since our business comes entirely from referrals and community involvement, our reputation for quality legal work is our greatest asset . . . and it is extremely important to us.  Each of our attorneys is truly experienced in his or her practice areas, with the highest personal standards of excellence.  We are proud of our reputation in the community, and we did not achieve it by accident.  Our reputation for excellence comes from hard work, continuing education, and an above-and-beyond approach to our clients’ cases.

Our Lisle Family Law Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:
  • ‍We Are Proven Advocates!   Our Lisle family law attorneys have the skill and experience to be your aggressive advocates.  We have been recognized for excellent Divorce work by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, who named us one of the 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in 2016.   Because our clients have been overwhelmingly happy with our service, we were honored to receive Avvo's 2016 Clients' Choice Award for Divorce.  Integrity matters to us.  We have are proud to have an A+ Rating with the better business bureau.  Kevin O"Flaherty also received Suburban Life Magazine's Best Under 40 Award for 2015.  Most importantly many of our clients have taken the time to leave us glowing testimonials. We have built a reputation for excellence in divorce and family law.  We look forward to being your trusted adviser.    
  • ‍We Are Cost-Effective!  Our Lisle divorce attorneys work to maintain a relationship with our clients long after your divorce is completed.  To this end, we work hard to make sure that when your case is complete you feel like you received more value than you paid for.  We set realistic expectations regarding costs and outcomes at the outset of your case, so that you are never surprised by a legal bill.  During your case, we keep a relentless focus on working efficiently and cost-effectively to keep your legal expenses to a minimum.  If you hire the right attorney, Divorce does not have to be expensive. 
  • Our Lisle Attorneys Work as a Team to Provide Comprehensive Representation!  Divorce cases often require experience in other areas of law, such as real estate, bankruptcy, and business law.  Because our Lisle attorneys have collective knowledge in nearly every area of law, we are able to work as a team to provide comprehensive representation.   Regardless of the practice area required for your case, we have an experienced attorney who can collaborate with our divorce attorneys to give you the best representation possible.  After we earn your trust in your divorce matter, you can rely on our Lisle lawyers for any other legal issues that may arise over the years. 
  • We Are Your Shoulder To Lean On!  Our Lisle divorce & family law attorneys understand that you are going through a difficult time.  Our aim is to make the process as smooth and painless as possible.  We truly care about our clients' well being.  This is why our Lisle divorce attorneys are always accessible.  If we are in a meeting when you call, we promise to promptly respond to calls and e-mails and to affirmatively keep you informed and educated regarding the status of your case and the issues involved. 

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O'Flaherty Law of Downers Grove

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Downers Grove, IL 60515

info@oflaherty-law.com

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Lisle divorce attorney, Kevin O'Flaherty, discusses the process of filing for the dissolution of marriage.

Lisle divorce attorney, Kevin O'Flaherty, discusses the process of filing for the dissolution of marriage.

How To File For Divorce In Lisle

Our Lisle divorce attorneys start your divorce by filing a divorce petition and ask the court to dissolve your marriage and resolve issues regarding division of marital property and marital debt, maintenance payments, child support, child custody, and visitation.  

Our Lisle divorce lawyers will include the following information in your petition to ensure that the case proceeds as efficiently and smoothly as possible. 

  • Background information regarding the history of the marriage, each of the spouses, the children of the marriage, any current pregnancies, and the marital assets and debts. 
  • Our Lisle divorce attorneys will file in the proper venue and jurisdiction to hear the case.  In order to accomplish this we must show that one of the parties resides in the county in which the case has been filed and that both spouses have resided in Illinois for at least the past 90 days.  ​

Our Lisle divorce attorneys have the skill and experience necessary to ensure that, from the filing of your divorce petition to the conclusion of your divorce, you will be educated about your options and the process, and that your divorce goes as smoothly, efficiently, and affordably as possible. 

Read an article by our Lisle family law lawyers about Petitions for Dissolution of Marriage. 

Lisle divorce attorney, Kevin O'Flaherty, describes the factors courts consider when determining maintenance awards in divorce.

Factors Divorce Courts Consider When Awarding Maintenance Awards

Divorce courts have wide discretion in determining whether maintenance awards will be awarded in divorce cases, the amount of the award, and how the award will be paid.  The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) lists several factors that courts are instructed to consider in making maintenance determination.  The factors are explained below.

Divorce courts review the "net income" of each spouse.  In order to arrive at the "net income" figure the court will first calculate "gross income."  Gross income includes most types of income, such as wages, disability benefits, workers compensation benefits, insurance proceeds, vacation pay, severance pay, interest, gifts, Social Security benefits, and portions of interest or appreciation from retirement account distributions.

The divorce court will assess the needs of both spouses, including the spouse from whom maintenance is sought.  The judge will determine whether, on the one hand, the spouse seeking maintenance has a need for maintenance payments; and, on the other hand, whether the spouse from whom maintenance is sought is actually able to pay maintenance. The goal is to create relatively equal standards of living for each spouse, as close as possible to the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage. 

The family law judge will seek to use maintenance as a tool to ensure that each spouse "financially independent."  Financial independence does not mean mere subsistence, but is based instead on the standard of living during the marriage.  Courts are more likely to award permanent maintenance if one spouse is unemployeable or if the party's prospective employment will not allow him or her to continue the standard of living he or she enjoyed during the marriage. If the spouse seeking maintenance is employable, he or she is required to attempt to find employment, rather than simply live off of the maintenance award.  

‍If one spouse sacrificed career or education advancement in order to perform domestic duties during the marriage, a long-term maintenance award is likely.  If the spouse seeking maintenance is the custodial parent, the divorce court will also consider future sacrifices that he or she will be expected to make in order to raise the children of the marriage.  

The judge will asseses the length oftake the spouse to obtain education in order to put himself or herself in the position he or she would have been in had she not made such sacrifices.  If the spouse can become self-sufficient after training, then the court may award rehabilitative maintenance for a specific time period.   

‍The goal of the divorce court is to provide both spouses with an equal standard of living as close as possible to that enjoyed during the marriage.  The court will review both (1) the standard of living during the marriage; and (2) the other spouse's ability to afford payments.  The court will not necessarily provide for the spouse seeking maintenance to maintain his or her standard of living permanently.  Temporary maintenance may be awarded if appropriate based on the other factors.  Child support payments do not factor into this analysis, because they are intended for the child, not the spouse. 

‍The rule of thumb is that the longer the marriage lasted, the greater the maintenance award will be.  However, courts may award permanent maintenance even for relatively short marriages if one of the spouses is disabled or made significant career sacrifices during a short marriage.

The physical and mental condition of each spouse, as well as their ages, can affect earning capacity.  If the spouse seeking maintenance has a disability, he or she is more likely to receive a larger award.  If the spouse from whom maintenance is sought is disabled or approaching retirement a large award is less likely.  If a short-term disability is involved the court may reserve ruling to determine the full extent of the disability.  Courts are not bound by administrative agencies' determinations of disability.

Tax deductions and credits are factored in when the court determines the income of each spouse.  Courts will also consider tax penalties for early withdrawal from retirement accounts.  Courts will seek the most tax advantageous solution for both spouses.   Read more about tax consequences as a factor in determining maintenance awards in divorce.

 If the spouse seeking maintenance worked to pay for the education or subsidize the career of the other spouse, or worked in the other spouse's business, courts will award a larger maintenance award. 

Divorce courts will honor any valid prenuptial or postnuptial agreements between the spouses as long as (1) the agreement explicitly deals with maintenance; (2) the agreement is not unconscionable; and (3) there is no undue hardship that was unforeseeable at the time of the agreement.  

Courts are not limited to considering the above factors in determining maintenance.  Judges have broad discretion to weigh any factor that they find to be "just and equitable." 

Read more about income and property as a factor in determining maintenance awards in divorce.

Lisle divorce attorney, Kevin O'Flaherty, discusses the changes in Illinois divorce laws that occurred in 2016.

Changes To Lisle Divorce Laws

2016 saw several schanges occur to Illinois Marriage laws, the purpose of these updates were meant to reduce potential disputes and bringing the law up to speed with modern co-parenting trends:

  • Previously, the grounds for divorce were either irreconcilable differences or one of several specific statutory grounds, such as impotence or drug abuse.  Irreconcilable differences required a longer waiting period that the couple was required to live separate and apart than the specific grounds.  As of 2016, the only ground for divorce in Illinois is irreconcilable differences.   The couple must now live separate and apart for 6 months prior to divorce.  However, this requirement can be waived if both parties agree. 
  • The terms "custodial parent," and "visitation" have been replaced by "allocation of parenting time and responsibility" in order to reduce disputes over custody. 
  • Parental responsibility is divided into four categories: medical decisions, educational decisions, extracurricular decisions, and religious decisions.  The decision making responsibility for each of these categories of decisions is divided among the parents by either agreement or court order. 
  • Prior to 2016, parents could relocate anywhere in-state without a court order, but a court order was required for any out of state move.  Now, parents can move within 25 miles without court approval, even if the move crosses state lines.  Parents living outside of the Chicago metropolitan area may relocate up to 50 miles away in-state without a court order.  

Our Lisle divorce and family law attorneys discuss these changes and how they affect the divorce process in Illinois.

Read more about the changes to Illinois marital law.

Further Reading from our Lisle Family Law Attorneys

Recent Changes to Indiana Divorce Laws 2021

As of August, 2021, a review of the Indiana 2021 legislative session doesn’t show any major changes to Indiana divorce law.  This article will help you learn about some changes to related laws that have occurred in the past two years, however, and about how to get divorced in Indiana in 2021.

Renee Babcoke

September 16, 2021

Five Rules to Know When Parental Rights are Terminated in Indiana

Termination of parental rights in Indiana can happen in two main ways.  Parental rights may be relinquished by the parent(s) when they consent to adoption of a child or they can be voluntarily or involuntarily terminated when the Indiana Department of Child Services (“DCS”) institutes a Termination of Parental Rights action.

Renee Babcoke

September 10, 2021

Legal Separation Vs. Divorce In Wisconsin: Which One Is Right For Me?

Oftentimes an individual who is considering getting a divorce in Wisconsin also looks at legal separation as possibility. Furthermore, there appears to be some confusion as to what being legally separated really is. Most people don’t even realize that it is a legal process and just move out of the martial home, considering themselves to be “separated,” which is also known as a “de facto separation.”

Heather Jones

September 9, 2021