Answers To Common Concerns

ABOUT THE OFFICE

How much will my case cost?

Generally, cases are billed by the hour. The total cost of your case will depend on the amount of time spent. It is impossible to estimate the total cost of the case as attorney's fees vary greatly from case to case. Some items that factor into the total cost of a case are: the complexity of the matter, whether a trial is needed, whether expert witnesses are involved, and the number of court appearances in the case.

Will I need to pay a retainer fee?

A retainer fee or upfront payment is required for all cases at my office. The amount of the retainer will vary depending on the type of case and complexity of the issues involved.

What can I expect at a consultation?

Consultations are tailored to the needs of the client and the type of matter and issues involved. You should expect to discuss the major issues involved in the case, the basic court process for your type of matter, a potential game plan for handling your case, and your desired outcome. You should also expect to have all of your questions addressed.

DIVORCE

How long will it take for my divorce to be completed?

The amount of time it takes for a divorce to be completed depends on the complexity of the case and whether the parties are able to reach an agreement. Cases where the parties are able to reach an agreement can be completed in as little as a few weeks. Divorce cases that are highly contested and complicated can take years to complete.

Is there a waiting period to get divorced in Illinois?

As of January 1, 2016, there is no longer a waiting period to get divorced.

Will I have to attend mediation?

Under the Illinois Supreme Court rules, all parties to cases involving disputes over allocation of parental responsibilities (formally known as custody and visitation) are required to attend mediation, including cases in Madison County and St. Clair County.

Financial issues do not have to be mediated. However, parties are permitted to agree to mediate financial issues, including maintenance (spousal support), child support, and division of property and debts.

CHILD SUPPORT

How is child support calculated in Illinois?

As of July 1, 2017, child support in Illinois is based on the incomes of both parties and the number of children shared by the parties. In some situations, the number of overnights the children have with each parent can also be a factor in the amount of support paid.

How is child support paid in Illinois?

Most people pay their child support through the Illinois State Disbursement Unit. A withholding notice can be sent to the paying parent's employer. The employer will then send payments directly to the Illinois State Disbursement Unit. The Illinois State Disbursement Unit can then directly deposit the funds into your checking account.