Downers Grove Collaborative Divorce Attorneys

Downers Grove Collaborative Divorce Attorneys

Our Downers Grove collaborative attorneys understand not everyone has the same divorce experience and have the insight on how to guide you and your spouse to negotiate efficiently.

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The purpose of a free 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. Although most consultations are complimentary, some may carry a charge depending on the type of matter and meeting location.

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Downers Grove Collaborative Divorce Attorneys

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O'Flaherty Law of Downers Grove

5002 Main St., Ste. 201 Downers Grove, IL 60515

Phone:

(630) 324-6666

E-Mail:

info@oflaherty-law.com

Hours: 9 am - 7 pm Monday - Friday 11 am - 3pm Saturday 11 am - 2 pm Sunday

See below for our other locations. If our office locations are not convenient for you, we are happy to speak with you by phone.  ​​​

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Kevin O'Flaherty oversees all legal matters and is actively involved in making sure every client's case, big or small, is handled with excellence and attention to detail. He is available to contact through phone and email and his rates are available upon request.

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Family Mediation

In this video, our Downers Grove collaborative divorce attorneys discuss how mediation is an often undervalued method that can potentially solve many family law related issues outside of court that allows parties to come to some form of agreement to Downers Grove family related issues that also prevents having to litigate these issues in court, saving time and money. In this article, our Downers Grove family mediation attorneys discuss typical family mediation practices and explain the Downers Grove mediation process.


In this video, Downers Grove collaborative divorce attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses the family mediation process.

Downers Grove Spousal Maintenance

Our Downers Grove collaborative divorce attorneys explain how there are three factors that Chicago courts use to help determine whether to award spousal maintenance to a party in a Chicago divorce. Illinois courts weigh several factors, discussed below, to determine whether maintenance is appropriate.  If maintenance is appropriate, the court is instructed to use specific formulas to determine both the amount and the duration of the award in most cases.  In certain cases, courts are permitted to deviate from the statutory formulas, in which case the divorce court will use the statutory factors to determine the amount and duration of the maintenance award. In determining whether spousal maintenance is to be awarded, the divorce courts will assess the following factors:

  1. The income and property of each party;
  2. The needs of each party;
  3. The present and future earning capacity of each party;
  4. The "Homemaker Contribution";
  5. Any impairment of the present or future earning capacity of the party against whom maintenance is sought;
  6. The time necessary for the party seeking maintenance to obtain the appropriate education, training, and employment;
  7. The standard of living during the marriage;
  8. The duration of the marriage;
  9. The age and physical and emotional condition of both spouses;
  10. All sources of public and private income, including disability and retirement income;
  11. Tax consequences of the property division;
  12. Contributions of one spouse to the other's education or career;
  13. Agreements between the parties;
  14. Any other factor that the court finds to be just and equitable.



In this Learn About Law episode, Downers Grove collaborative divorce attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses Illinois spousal maintenance and how it's awarded by courts

Collaborative Divorce, Cooperative Divorce, and Traditional Divorce in Illinois

Our Downers Grove Collaborative & Cooperative Divorce attorneys want to help you know the differences between the two and have written the following guide on the benefits and downsides of each type of divorce.

Collaborative Divorce and Cooperative Divorce have the potential to prevent in-court litigation of the issues that must be resolved in a divorce case, such as asset division, maintenance awards, allocation of parenting time and responsibility, and child support payments.  If successful, this will make your divorce significantly more cost-effective.  It will prevent the stress to everyone in the family that can arise from contentious litigation.  

‍Agreements reached out of court through the Collaborative Divorce or Cooperative Divorce process tend to be more comprehensive than those reached as a result of trial.  These agreements are also less likely to lead to post-divorce litigation between the parties.

Collaborative Divorces place greater incentives on the parties than Cooperative Divorces to settle their case out of court rather than allowing the process to fail and result in litigation. On the other hand, in a Cooperative Divorce, the original attorneys can continue to represent their clients.

‍Both Collaborative Divorce and Cooperative Divorce are highly dependent on the actual good faith of the parties.  Parties that feel that they cannot trust one another to negotiate and reveal information honestly are not good candidates for Collaborative Divorce or Cooperative Divorce.  Couples in which one spouse tends to emotionally dominate the other are also poor candidates for this process, as the adversarial process and the court in a traditional divorce tend to shield the best interests of one spouse from the other's emotional dominance. 

In this Learn About Law episode, Downers Grove collaborative divorce attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses Illinois spousal maintenance and how it's awarded by courts

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