What Happens at the Initial Office Consultation?
Your first divorce orientation meeting is carefully tailored to your comfort level and generally lasts 1-1½ hours.
Our staff attorneys greet you in a caring and non-judgmental manner and make every attempt to help you relax.
The attorney will ask some questions to learn your facts and will apply his/her knowledge of the law and of the court system to your particular situation. He or she will then explain your rights and obligations, along with other pertinent information and guidance, which generally includes:
- The right moves;
- The wrong moves;
- The smart moves;
- Info on helpful ways for you to get started;
- Recommendations regarding what to say to the children;
- Advice regarding when and what to say to your spouse;
- What your likely outcome in court might be;
- What you may expect from the legal system is general;
- Anticipated timetables;
- Recommendations and advice regarding housing, dating, changing, locks, credit card usage, etc;
- Advice concerning support and cash flow issues;
- Advice regarding credit cards and payment of family bills during and after the divorce;
- Advice and recommendations regarding the allocation of parenting time;
- Full and complete answers to all your questions (we encourage you to bring a list).
For More Information:
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.
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 60 years of combined trial experience in the Illinois divorce courts of Cook, DuPage, and Will counties.