Divorce and Collaborative Family Law

We know how painful divorce is. At the law offices of Di Giacomo & Somers, L.L.C., serving Des Plaines, Chicago and other Illinois cities, we will guide you through the legal and emotional process associated with divorce. Our seasoned attorneys, Carol Di Giacomo and Kathryn Somers, have more than 60 years of combined legal experience, and bring sensitivity and understanding to your legal problems.

Helping You Make the Right Decisions for Your Divorce

Many people going through a divorce become frustrated with the legal system which is more focused on litigation rather than on addressing your particular concerns. We listen to your needs, answer your questions and provide you with necessary information, from our very first meeting.

There are three ways to obtain your divorce:

  • Divorce litigation is the traditional style of divorce where your attorney presents your case to the court to make a decision regarding property division, child custody and support, and maintenance.
  • Collaborative law is a voluntary alternative to litigation and is cost effective. In this process, both parties retain collaborative attorneys and other team members as needed. All work together as a team to resolve each aspect of your divorce in an amicable way. This process promotes a positive and respectful relationship after divorce, which is particularly important when children are involved
  • Mediation is another voluntary process where a mediator helps the parties amicably work through, and resolve, all of the child related and financial issues of the divorce.

Our experienced attorneys are trained mediators, litigators and Collaborative law attorneys. We work with all of our clients to determine what the best course of action is for their particular situation. Whether it is mediation, litigation or Collaboration, we focus on achieving the best possible outcome for our clients.

Our philosophy is not to litigate for the sake of litigation, but to help you create a blueprint for your future and to move on with your life.

Helping You Plan for Your Future

In addition to practicing in all aspects of family law, we also provide effective and thorough estate planning services to our clients. This is especially important for our divorce clients who will need to update their wills and estate plan after separating from their partners. Our estate planning lawyers can help protect your assets and ensure a smooth transition for your children and family after your death.

Our experienced attorneys understand that financial issues are also one of the leading causes of divorce. We understand complex financial issues, from business valuations & tax issues, to division of retirement plans and investments, as well as the effect of bankruptcy on divorce.

Contact Our Divorce and Family Law Attorneys Today

We bring experience and compassion to the practice of law. Contact us today to schedule a complimentary, half-hour consultation. Call 847-784-8900. Located in Northfield, we serve clients from Des Plaines, Chicago, Winnetka, Glenview, Lake Forest and Arlington Heights.