Family law is that area of the legal profession that focuses largely, though not entirely on matters related to the family. These include matters such as divorce, the division of property, and child custody, among others.

In Winnebago County, we may be a little off the beaten path of urban life in Illinois, but as lawyers practicing family law, the experienced attorneys at Crosby & Crosby know that life can get complicated and take many unexpected turns, no matter where you live. Sadly, marriages that once started with great promise can end, meaning that vital, sometimes life-alter decisions have to be made regarding matters like child custody and the equitable division of property.

When life takes these unexpected turns, you need the assistance and support of an experienced family law attorney. When you contact the law office of Crosby & Crosby, that is exactly what you will get, attorneys who will work with you and guide you through some of life’s most challenging circumstances.

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Family Law and Children’s Issues

In matters related to family law, children are not always involved, but when they are, their welfare is given the highest priority. In Illinois courts, judges are well aware of this priority, and they make every effort to protect the welfare of any children involved in cases that come before them. Whether it’s a divorce, a non-marital relationship that led to the birth of children, or the adoption of a child, the standard and first consideration is always “what is best for the children.”

At Crosby & Crosby Law, we stand with the courts in support of this standard. Consequently, in family law matters involving children, we will always work with our clients to arrive at settlements that we feel are in the best interests of those children, including custody and child support.

Family Law and Property Issues

Whether there are children or not, the division of property will almost always be an issue in a divorce. Contrary to what you may have heard in the past, during divorce proceedings, all property involved, including real estate, will be known to both parties.

Whatever the specific circumstances of a case, if you seek legal representation from Crosby & Crosby, you can be assured that during discovery (the phase of a lawsuit during which each party can ask for full disclosure from the opposing party), our attorneys will work relentlessly to obtain all the pertinent information needed to assist you in reaching a satisfactory settlement.

Other Practice Areas

While matters related to divorce, children, and the division of property are often paramount, other areas related to the practice of family law at Crosby & Crosby include:

Trusted and Experienced In Family Law – Lawyers in Winnebago County, Illinois

If you or anyone you know needs a trusted and highly experienced family law lawyer in Winnebago County, we hope you will think first of the law firm of Crosby & Crosby.

Whatever your situation may be, our team of attorneys will work with you to build a successful legal strategy. We have years of experience in family law cases and are always ready to help you with any related legal issues, like custody and visitation rights.

At your earliest convenience, contact our firm to schedule your initial consultation and let the highly experienced family lawyers at Crosby & Crosby go to work for you.

Above all, we want you to know that first and foremost, at Crosby & Crosby Law, we’re here to help you succeed and protect the things and the individuals you value most.

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We want you to know that first and foremost, we’re here to help you succeed and protect what you value most.

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How to choose the right divorce lawyer?

Choosing the right divorce lawyer, in our mind, comes down to three factors. First, is this lawyer going to be an aggressive advocate for me? Second, is this lawyer a person I can get along with personally? Third, do I trust this lawyer to communicate with me effectively? If you walk away from an initial consultation with a lawyer answering yes to those three questions, you have likely found the lawyer who is right for you.

Legal work can be extremely time consuming. Your expectations should not necessarily be that your lawyer is someone you can vent to about your personal life, as that would likely result in an unreasonably high bill. But you should expect your lawyer to keep you informed as to the status of your case. You should also expect your lawyer to listen to your wishes and concerns and use those thoughts as a basis for your case. You don’t need to talk to your lawyer everyday, but you should hear from them every other week or so.

Expect the unexpected when it comes to the Court dates. The Court system is based on a first-come-first-serve calendar, when the case is not filed as an emergency. All initial Court dates are determined by the Clerk of the Court, not of the lawyer or client. If you have a lawyer, expect the Judges to want your lawyer to do the talking, unless the Judge asks the client a question directly. You should also expect the Judge to keep the Courtroom as orderly as possible. Judges very much look down on people who speak out of turn. As for dress, the Court does not require a strict dress code, but it is always a good idea to dress professionally to show the Judge that you take the system and their Courtroom seriously.

There is a process in the law referred to as “discovery” that allows a party to a legal proceeding to discover information about the opposing party. In the context of a divorce, “discovery” is primarily used in the form of written questions and written requests for the opposing party to provide documents to the party that is doing the requesting. These are called “interrogatories” and “requests to produce.” During the process, the party answering the questions or requests must provide a written testimony, under oath, that the documents and answers are true and accurate. It is through this process of “discovery” that we are able to learn what assets a party possesses.

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