Jonathan Merel

What Chicago Family Law Firms Might Not Tell You

It has become increasingly undeniable that we live in a very litigious society. Even with simple tasks such as entering to win a free cup of coffee, getting a new credit card or signing up for an email list, you are bombarded with extensive, confusing legal jargon. Moreover, when dividing assets during a divorce or negotiating child custody arrangements, things can get really convoluted to a lay person. We certainly can’t change the way the world works, but we can try to bring some simplicity into your lives, by sharing information on what many family law firms may not tell you.

Whether you are seeking a divorce attorney, a child custody attorney, a mediator or someone to establish a prenuptial agreement, one thing you need to know about our legal system is there are no “easy wins,” “short cuts” and most things are NOT cut and dry. Many family law firms will tell you anything you want to hear in order to to earn your business. After all, they are in the business of selling legal services.

A red flag characteristic of unscrupulous family law firms would be to PROMISE or GUARANTEE you anything. In reality,  there is NO way for any attorney to unequivocally guarantee a client’s wishes or requests unless and until BOTH parties mutually agree to terms AND a court approves their agreement. Now, this is not to say your attorney should be completely ambivalent about the likely direction of your child custody arrangements; rather, trustworthy family law firms will use their experience to predict what may happen, not guarantee any outcome before going in front of a judge.

A common misconception in child custody arrangements is assuming that the mother will always be awarded primarily residential custody of the child(ren). It would be foolish for family law firms to maintain such archaic ideas. Dads rights are taken very much so into consideration. Remember, no case is cut and dry; every family is unique as is their legal situation. Though guidelines and parameters within the law exist to establish boundaries, applying them is not always simple.

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