Why I have chosen to turn down most litigation

October 1, 2020

As a seasoned family lawyer in Illinois, I’ve seen the toll divorce takes on families. The stress, the expense, the emotional turmoil—it can be overwhelming. That’s why I’ve made a conscious decision to focus my practice on amicable, out-of-court resolutions.

The Personal and Professional Impact of the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has further reinforced my commitment to this approach. As someone with underlying health conditions, participating in in-person court hearings poses a significant risk to my well-being.

But it’s not just about my health. The pandemic has also highlighted the importance of finding peaceful solutions. Court systems are backlogged, emotions are running high, and families are struggling. Now, more than ever, I believe in helping clients find a path forward that prioritizes their well-being and minimizes conflict.

The Truth About Divorce Litigation

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a skilled litigator. I’ve tried countless cases over the years, and I’m not afraid to fight for my clients. But litigation is rarely the best option.

It’s incredibly expensive. Each hour in court requires hours of preparation, research, and strategizing, all of which come with a hefty price tag. And even if you “win,” the emotional cost can be devastating, leaving you with resentment, bitterness, and a long road to healing.

My Passion: Helping Families Move Forward

I’ve found that my true passion lies in helping families navigate divorce amicably. I enjoy working with clients to negotiate fair agreements, create effective parenting plans, and minimize the stress and conflict that often accompany divorce.

Why I Don’t Offer Litigation Services

If you’re looking for an attorney to fight your battles in court, I’m not the right fit. While I can provide referrals to skilled litigators, my focus is on out-of-court resolutions. This allows me to help more families find peaceful solutions and avoid the financial and emotional drain of litigation.

The Cost of Peace of Mind

If you do choose litigation, be prepared for a significant financial investment. Most attorneys require a substantial retainer upfront, and the costs can quickly escalate if the case becomes complex. I believe in transparency, so I’ll always discuss fees upfront and ensure you understand the financial implications of your choices.

Ready for a Less Stressful Divorce?

If you’re looking for a compassionate and experienced attorney who prioritizes amicable solutions, I’m here to help. Call my office at 618-726-2671 or reach out through my website for a free consultation. Let’s discuss your situation and explore how we can create a smoother path towards your new beginning.


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