Marital discord is difficult. Making the decision to end your marriage is a significant one. Not knowing what happens during and after a divorce can be confusing, depressing, and upsetting. You really need someone to turn to for advice in this process; someone whom you trust to guide you through the legal process and stand up for your rights. The decisions you make today will likely affect you and your family for the rest of your life. Picking the right family law lawyer is a big decision.
An experienced, skilled and compassionate family law attorney can make a huge difference in how smoothly the process goes and what outcomes you get. For 30 years, the lawyers at ContiLaw have given clients intelligent, cost-effective divorce counsel in the Chicago area—Cook, Lake, DuPage and Will Counties. We offer smart solutions to reduce the time, expense and worry that accompany family law struggles.
In hiring a family law attorney, you need to look for two skill sets—the ability to negotiate compromise and settle and--if that fails--the experience and talent to litigate the case in a courtroom. The firm’s founder, Karen Conti is a seasoned litigator and trial lawyer, having tried hundreds of divorce matters of all kinds. She is also trained and certified as a collaborative lawyer and mediator, which enables her to creatively and compassionately negotiate resolutions with the least amount of cost, stress, and conflict to the entire family. For the most part, by the time couples seek a divorce, the fighting should be in the past. Divorce should be about putting together a legal plan so that the children are protected and the spouses can move on with their lives as quickly as possible.
No two family law cases are alike. Our first priority is to obtain an in-depth understanding of your unique situation. We listen intently to your concerns, goals and priorities. We want to know what you want for your children and your plans for the future. We advise you of your options and how the system works. We give you straightforward answers to your questions and advice on likely outcomes.At that point, we come up with a game plan, a strategy—in writing—so you know where we are going and why. Many lawyers simply start filing court documents without a plan. This approach can quickly rack up unnecessary legal fees, draw out the process and generally aggravate everyone involved. The “all or nothing” approach is never the best strategy, especially when children are involved. There are usually some issues to which the parties agree. As to those that they don’t, we try to engage the judge in an informal settlement conference to obtain the judge’s views and recommendations. Many times, this helps settle cases without further litigation.
First, as of 2016, Illinois law regarding divorce and families has changed. The firm’s founder, Karen Conti was appointed by lawmakers in Springfield to serve on a blue ribbon committee to rewrite the family law in Illinois. She is therefore on the cutting edge of the new law and how it is likely to be enforced.
Second, Karen’s reputation is exemplary. This is important. When a lawyer goes before a judge, she needs credibility. That means honesty, integrity, experience and preparedness and tirelessly advocating for the client’s interests at all times. Karen has all of those qualities. As an influential leader in the legal community for 30 years, Karen has name recognition and the reputation for excellent work. As a former partner of the prestigious family law firm, Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove, she is equipped to handle every kind of family law case from the highest end financial net worth case to the most simple family law matter.
Third, you can trust the lawyers at ContiLaw. We care. We are compassionate. From the lawyers to the support staff, we treat your issues as if they were our own. We strive to make our relationships with clients long-term. That means that we look out for your best interests not only now but in the future—and that includes those of your children. We are in regular and consistent communication with our clients. Unlike many family law lawyers, we return calls promptly and accommodate our clients’ work and family commitments in scheduling appointments.
You should know that you are going to be fine. We understand that change is difficult--and if you are getting divorced, many things in your life will change. But, when it comes to any change, there is good that will come from it. You will move forward and have a new life that will be bright and fulfilling. We mean it.And we are fully prepared to help you get there.
Call or email us to discuss your options and to determine whether our firm is suited to help you.