Separation or divorce can present a very difficult chapter in a person’s life.  The family law attorneys at KDAO understand this and have experience helping individuals through these personal struggles.  While a lawyer can do little to improve the underlying family situation, the legal aspects of these family issues can and do present their own problems.  Experienced family law attorneys can provide you the counsel you need to reduce this stress and promote the best outcome for you and your family.  Family law matters that we handle include divorce, child custody, child support, property division, spousal maintenance (alimony), prenuptial agreements, paternity, adoptions, and visitation rights.  Whatever the issue you and your family may be facing, the attorneys at KDAO are here to help.


Divorce is complicated even before the law is involved.  There can be a great amount of stress created in ending a marriage, especially if children are involved.  An experienced family law attorney can protect the interests of his or her client through this difficult process.  If both spouses are amenable to compromise and are open to negotiation, it is possible that the divorce can be resolved with relatively little involvement of the court.  The more issues in dispute, the longer the litigation will take, and the longer the divorce will linger before reaching resolution.  In especially difficult cases, a trial may be required, but often the best results for a family law client come from settlement.

Child Custody

The issue of child custody is often the most important issue for parents before, during and after divorce.  Even after custody is awarded in a divorce, child custody is always open to modification and dispute afterwards.  Parents may want to share more or less equally in parenting the child, or one parent may want to limit the contact of the other with the child.  As in all family law cases involving children, the best interests of the child control.  That is why it is incredibly important that an experienced family law attorney becomes intimately familiar with the precise facts involved in a child custody dispute.  These facts will determine child custody and visitation rights if the issue reaches a judge.   

Spousal Maintenance and Child Support

In many cases, alimony is an important issue.  Illinois law does not provide for alimony in every case.  The most important factors involved in awarding alimony include the length of the marriage, the earning capacity of both spouses, and the health of both spouses.

Child support in Illinois is more straightforward.  The noncustodial parent will usually have to make monetary payments to the custodial parent based on formulas provided by the law.

Please call us today at (847) 590-8700 to discuss how KDAO may be of service in your family law matter.