Know Your Rights – Protect Your Rights

There are many financial aspects to consider in divorce: allocation of parental responsibilities, child support, property division, support, alimony (known in Illinois as spousal maintenance), and many other considerations.

Cost is important, but it is equally important to make sure that your divorce is done fairly and that your rights are protected. The first time you meet with us, we charge a $195 consultation fee. During this consultation, we will explain all of your rights and obligations. We will also explain the law, and answer any questions you may have. We will then formulate a plan for you moving forward that is the most economical, but also makes sure your rights are protected. Once you hire our firm after the consultation, we will reimburse you the $195 consultation fee as a credit in your account towards the completion of your case.

The truth is that the cost of your divorce will depend on whether you and your spouse can agree on the terms of your divorce. If both parties agree on all major issues, then you can keep the cost relatively low with an uncontested divorce.

We offer flat-fee divorces for reasonable people for $2,850.00 plus court filing fees (approx. $550 – $650 depending on what county the case is filed in) this applies to Cook and Du Page counties only.  

What happens if we cannot agree on the terms of our divorce?

In these cases, you proceed thru the legal system with a traditional divorce or work outside of court in a collaborative setting. To accomplish these cases, divorce attorneys generally charge a retainer fee as payment in advance for work to come. That work is billed hourly, the number of hours reflecting the number of issues contested and the time it takes to resolve all issues.  In the event all funds are not used in the retainer, they are refunded to you at the completion of the case.

Who pays for divorce legal / attorney’s fees?

Normally attorney’s fees for both sides come out of marital property / assets.

Why should you believe that two strangers (especially when they are divorce lawyers) would go out of their way to charge you less?

The answer is simple:

It is good for business, that’s why. What helps you helps us.

Our client referrals more than make up for the smaller fees. Our clients love the non-court approach, and we love having happy clients.


We welcome hearing from you and we invite your questions. There is no obligation. No one will ever know that we spoke or what we discussed. Everything you say is privileged, confidential, and completely classified. We do not maintain a mailing list and will not contact you unless you ask us to.

Calling us is easy – ask for Kari or Richard @ 630-928-0600.

If we are in court or in a meeting when you call, one of us will personally get back to you as quickly as possible. We are extremely discreet with callbacks and reply emails. Just leave your name and a secure email address or personal cell phone number.

Richard and Kari are staunch advocates of the non-court approach to divorce, and are also active and seasoned litigators with over 70 years of combined trial experience in the Illinois divorce courts of Cook, DuPage, and Will counties.

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