While the decision to divorce may be made after careful consideration as to how it will affect the family and finances, the divorce process itself will set the future course for yourself, your spouse and your children. The divorce attorney you hire is an important decision.
It is no secret that getting a divorce can literally consume the family’s accumulated net worth, leaving them broke and with substantial debt. The cost to litigate a divorce can become extremely expensive if both parties choose to have each and every dispute brought to a hearing. Bill’s approach is to counsel clients in getting the full amount they are entitled to in the division of marital property, support, and maintenance without costing more in divorce attorney legal fees than they expect to receive.
When minor children are involved, parenting time and child support are key elements in a dissolution of marriage case. Children are innocent parties but their welfare and well-being are of the utmost importance in all divorce cases.
I take the extra effort to work with clients and opposing parties in applying statutory requirements. This insures fair and equitable child support and appropriate and fair parenting plan.
My practice also involves representing clients in severe financial distress, sometimes resulting in filing for bankruptcy. I know bankruptcies are often the result of divorce, the former spouse’s income no longer contributing to household expenses. The cost of a divorce proceeding may not result in any monetary benefit but only bring to light all the issues between the spouses that resulted in divorce.
Illinois is a no-fault divorce state. It is not necessary to set out the issues that led to the decision to divorce. The only grounds for divorce are “irreconcilable differences”.
My philosophy is that a divorce should not bankrupt the parties involved. I counsel my clients not to spend or waste even a single dime to get back at a spouse for any reason that led to the divorce. Rather it is important to focus on what is in the best interests of the family. I make every effort to vigorously represent my client’s best interests as their divorce attorney, even if it sometimes requires litigating to preserve those best interests. Most cases are settled without protracted litigation and instead through negotiation and compromise.
Bill Cherny counsels clients on the following:
- Divorce and Dissolution of Marriage
- Termination of Domestic Partnership
- Nullity of Marriage or Domestic Partnership
- Paternity Actions
- Legal Separation
- Child Custody – Legal Custody and Physical Custody
- Child Visitation
- Child Support
- Spousal Support
- Property Division
- Domestic Violence and Other Restraining Orders
- Original Court Orders and Modifications of Current Court Orders
- Prenuptial Agreements and Marital Agreements
- Out of State Custody and Support Orders