Kane County Divorce Attorneys
Divorce Lawyers in Serving St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, and Throughout Northern Illinois
Dissolving a marriage is a big deal both personally and legally. Regardless of how long you have been married or what type of family dynamics are involved, what happens now will affect the rest of your life, and your children's. Different questions must be resolved and matters must be decided. How it is worded and tax consequences may be vital. At Shaw Family Law, P.C., we have 30 years of experience representing husbands, wives, and children (guardian ad litem) in divorce proceedings. Our perspective and experience help us balance strong advocacy and financial knowledge with human compassion and understanding as we guide you through the divorce process. We welcome agreed divorces and mediations, as well as cases pending in court.
Effective and Efficient Divorce Representation in Kane County
Divorces are never easy, as they represent significant life changes for two people and their family. Divorce proceedings do not have to be epic battle. In fact, with a very experienced family law attorney, the process can be simpler and more efficient. Attorney Matt Shaw understands how difficult dissolving a marriage can be and strives to streamline divorce proceedings for his clients. Our firm will plan and seek the most efficient way to get from where you are to where you want to be, and we will take that course together. We give you information, options and explain the next step, and yes, give you time to think about it before proceeding.
Up-to-Date Divorce Representation
Divorce law in Illinois is constantly changing to adjust to shifting perspectives in society. Matt Shaw has spoken to attorneys and judges at numerous family law seminars throughout Illinois and the nation. He has authored legal articles and been published in Family Law books. We stay up-to-date on current laws so that we can continually provide our clients with the strongest possible information and representation. As of January 1, 2016, there have been some significant changes in divorce and family law including:
- Elimination of all grounds for divorce except irreconcilable differences. Consequently, all divorces are now considered "no fault" divorces. Under previous law, a "no-fault" divorce would require a two-year separation or a waiver signed by both parties after a six-month separation. The revised law now allows couples to pursue a divorce immediately if they both agree. If they do not agree, only a six-month separation is required. Call us early as some people think this requires separate residences
- Child custody and visitation laws have been completely revised. Instead of custody and visitation, the law is now is focused on allocating "parental responsibilities" and "parenting time." Mr. Shaw co-chaired a state committee that studied and proposed changes to the custody laws and testified to an Illinois Supreme Court committee on the proposed changes.
Other changes relating to parental relocation, college expenses, and alimony/maintenance have also been made. Our attorneys are well-versed in the current law and can explain if and how these changes will affect your divorce. Most of the changes will only impact divorces filed after January 1, 2016.
Contact Our St. Charles Attorneys
If you are considering filing for divorce or you are already involved in divorce proceedings and are seeking experienced representation, contact us at 630-206-3300 to schedule a free consultation. In your first consultation, the lawyers at Shaw Family Law, P.C. will get to know you and discuss the legal options that pertain to your unique situation. Our firm works with clients throughout Northern Illinois including St. Charles, Geneva, Aurora, Batavia, Wheaton, Yorkville, Elgin, DeKalb, and the surrounding areas.