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Divorce
Even under the best possible circumstances, going through a divorce is one of the most stressful and emotionally trying challenges you will face. Each family is unique and each person requires an individualized, tailor-made approach to the legal process. At MFL we believe strongly that it is our duty to strive for the solution which will both leave you in the best possible situation to go forward with your new life, and that will take the least possible emotional and financial toll on both you and your family. We will take the time to make sure that you understand the process and that we understand your goals and priorities but will never delay or prolong the process.

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Child support
In Illinois, the law has set forth guidelines to be used by courts in determining the appropriate amount of child support based on net income of the supporting parent and the number of children to be supported. These guidelines can be deviated from based on the individual circumstances of your family. You need an experienced attorney to make your case for you. Call today for a free a consultation.

Child Custody
There is nothing more important than your relationship with your children. The time you share with them and the decisions you make on their behalf are rights that should not be infringed upon. Custody arrangements should be tailor-made shutterstock_318855302for each individual family. Modern agreements can include shared custody, sole custody or joint custody. It is important to have an attorney with extensive experience in this area to assist you in negotiating the optimal plan for your family. And in cases where an agreement just can not be reached, you need an experienced litigator to ensure that your interests are protected.

Paternity and Parentage
Sometimes establishing parentage of a child in the eyes of law is a necessary first step to obtaining your and your child’s rights under the law.  These rights can include visitation, custody, and child support.

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Before any marriage can be dissolved, all marital property must be divided. This process starts with asset discovery. At McAuley Family Law we have experience and litigation skills needed to handle high asset and complex divorces.

Issues include:
• business valuation and identification of under-valuation
• retirement distribution including 401(k)s, pensions, and IRAs
• identification and protection of non-marital property such as inheritance
• location of hidden assets
• identification of disguised income
• forensic accounting

It’s important to be confident that ALL of your marital assets are on the table before parties can begin the process of equitable distribution.

Modification and Enforcement of Existing Orders
Unfortunately, obtaining a Marital Settlement Agreement doesn’t always mean you’re done. You may require further court intervention to enforce your agreement. And often times a change in circumstances such as job change or loss, a change in children’s needs or parental circumstances, relocation or removal issues, you may need to go back to court to change the terms of the initial divorce. These cases require a the level of skill provided by McAuleyparentage Family Law. Call today for a free consultation.

Protective Orders
If you or your children are victims of domestic violence the first step is to get to safety. McAuley Family Law is experienced in the areas of obtaining orders of protection, no contact orders, and orders for exclusive possession of the marital residence.

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At McAuley Family Law there are few greater joys we have than seeing a family complete the adoption process. Amy McAuley’s unique background and experience is invaluable when navigating the foster care and adoption systems.Let us help you through the process so you can move on with the task of being a happy family!

Child Welfare System
All too often good parents become involved in child protective services. This can be the result of a family in turmoil, a vindictive relative, partner or spouse,  or simply the result of a misunderstanding.  Attorney Amy McAuley’s extensive experience within the child welfare system provides clients with a keen advantage when faced with the horrors of accusations of abuse or neglect. 

Grandparents Rights
Grandparents have rights too! As with most judicial determinations, the best interest of the child isshutterstock_143526016 the predominant factor.

Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements
Pre-nuptual agreements set forth the expectations, rights and obligations of the parties to a marriage should a dissolution occur. A well drafted agreement can save a family significant expense and stress should they eventually seek a divorce.

Asset and Income Discovery
Sometimes one spouse is at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to having basic knowledge regarding the marital estate. We can help through comprehensive discovery and, if needed, outside resources such as private investigation and forensic auditing.

Collaborative Law
In certain situations a collaborative approach may be appropriate for managing your divorce. Collaborative law works much differently than the typical litigation approach. At McAuley Family we have successfully handled collaborative divorces for clients and have the experience to help with this process.