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Litigation is the most traditional route—and the most expensive and time-consuming. You and your spouse usually hire divorce attorneys and duke it out until a settlement is reached, either by you or a judge. That said, litigation doesn’t mean you’re definitely going to wind up in court, and, in fact, most cases don’t go to trial. “They settle at some point," says Newman. "It’s just a question of when and how much you’re going to spend.” But you can go to court, maybe even a few times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aspects of Michaels' commitment include:

   

Diligence: Attention to detail is incredibly important when sifting through personal and business assets. In complex cases, we may work with industry experts and professionals to ensure that discovery and investigations are handled properly.

 

Insight: Michaels' clients have plenty on their minds, including the future of their finances. Our experience in these matters enables us to ask questions and pursue the most appropriate course of action in an effort to protect you and your financial interests at all turns.

 

Advocacy: You deserve to be treated fairly. Whether you were the primary provider or you cared for the family home and raised your children, Michael will aggressively voice your case when fighting for spousal support and child support for your children.

 

 

 

 

If parents cannot reach an agreement through their attorneys and/or mediation, the judge will decide the custody arrangement based on various criteria, including:

 

    The mental and physical health of both parents.
    The child’s relationship with both parents.
    The child’s wishes if he or she is mature enough to make an informed decision.
    The wishes of both parents.
    The safety, stability and future opportunities offered by each parent.


In most cases, Illinois judges typically favor a joint custody arrangement where both parents take an active role in raising their children.

 

In cases involving children, Michael believes that the emotional costs involved in trial for you and your children often outweigh the benefits of going to trial. In many cases, our child custody and support clients are able to reach an agreement with Michaels' guidance and support. If not, Michael will fight for you in court.