Illinois Divorce Law 101 (2021 Edition)

James Quigley
Jordan D. Rosenberg
Morgan L. Stogsdill
Stephanie Olsson
Michael C. Craven
James A. Doppke, JR
James Quigley | Beermann LLP
Jordan D. Rosenberg | Beermann LLP
Morgan L. Stogsdill | Beermann LLP
Stephanie Olsson | Glasgow & Olsson
Michael C. Craven | Harrison & Held, LLP
James A. Doppke, JR | Robinson, Stewart, Montgomery & Doppke, LLC

On-Demand: November 12, 2021

Illinois Divorce Law 101 (2021 Edition)
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Program Summary

Session I - Strategy, organizational structure, ethics, and purpose to a new client interview - James Quigley

During my presentation regarding the client interview, attorneys can expect to learn about the strategy, organizational structure, ethics, and purpose to a new client interview.

Key Topics

  • Confidentiality/ethics
  • Fact-finding
  • Goals/strategy
  • Closing

Session II - Prenuptial aggreements and discovery - Jordan Rosenberg

This seminar will cover different strategies involved in an initial client consultation, setting expectations, and how those parlays into a divorce and a prenuptial agreement. The basics of prenuptial agreements will be explored as well.

Key Topics

  • Basics of Prenuptial Agreements
  • Discovery process in divorce and prenuptial agreements

Session III - Child custody in Illinois and how to build your best case going forward - Morgan L. Stogsdil

Learn the law related to child custody in Illinois and how to build your best case going forward. Discuss ways to prepare your client to put their best foot forward and make things child centric. Learn about Illinois Child Support guidelines and how parenting time effects the support and potential considerations to think about while prepping your case.

Key Topics

  • Child Custody factors in Illinois
  • Prepping your client to put together a custody case
  • Child Support Guidelines in Illinois
  • Parenting time and considerations for preparing your case related to child support

Session IV – Filings in a divorce case from the first filing to pre-trial motions - Stephanie Olsson

I plan to review the filings in a divorce case from the first filing to pre-trial motions. I will include advice on when to strategically file certain motions such as dissipation claims, custody evaluations and how to use filings to protect your parental and financial rights.

Key Topics

  • Standard filings in a typical divorce case
  • Timing of Filings
  • Protecting your rights via filings

Session V – How mediation and collaborative law are used in family law cases - Michael C. Craven

This presentation will cover how mediation and collaborative law are used in family law cases as an alternative or in conjunction with traditional litigation processes to reach settlements in a divorce case. Once a settlement is reached, the presentation will explore the important terms to include in a settlement agreement, drafting tips, and pitfalls to avoid.

Key Topics

  • What is Collaborative Law
  • The benefits of mediation or Collaborative Law in a divorce case
  • What settlement terms need to be in an agreement
  • Settlement agreement tips
  • Settlement agreement pitfalls

Session VI - How lawyers can define their roles as advocates and counselors - James A. Doppke, JR.

The practice of family law can be extremely challenging. Cases can be hard-fought at trial or delicately negotiated. Clients can start out seeking an amicable parting, only to wind up in bitter litigation. How can lawyers best navigate the pitfalls and problems and ethically achieve the best results for their clients? In this program, we will examine how lawyers can define their roles as advocates and counselors; how they can ensure clients understand and agree on the scope and goals of the representation. We will discuss the detection and avoidance of problematic conflicts of interest, and the best and least problematic ways for lawyers to extricate themselves from cases that are no longer tenable. Finally, we’ll examine attorney advertising and social media practices as they apply to the world of Illinois family law.

Key Topics

  • Ethically counseling clients and determining scope of representation
  • Avoiding conflicts involving both current and former clients
  • How to withdraw from representation safely and ethically
  • Avoiding advertising and social media pitfalls

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Date / Time: November 12, 2021

  • 10:00 am – 4:20 pm Eastern
  • 9:00 am – 3:20 pm Central
  • 8:00 am – 2:20 pm Mountain
  • 7:00 am – 1:20 pm Pacific

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Closed-captioning available

Speakers

James Quigley_Beermann LLP_myLawCLEJames Quigley | Beermann LLP

Received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1992 and his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989. Mr. Quigley has been selected as the 2021 President Elect of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, is Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and a Diplomate in the exclusive American College of Family Trial Lawyers, a national trial organization comprised of 100 of the top divorce trial attorneys in the country.

He is highly regarded for his work and discretion representing an array of high-profile entertainers, athletes and celebrities including Chicago Bulls legend, Michael Jordan. Other notable distinctions include being named a Leading Lawyer every year since 2008, an honor awarded to fewer than 5% of lawyers in Illinois, and an Illinois Super Lawyer since 2009, which is awarded only to a select number of accomplished lawyers in each state. Additionally, Mr. Quigley has been recognized by Best Lawyers® in their 2021 Family Law edition, which is exclusively based upon peer review. In addition to his daily practice of family law, Mr. Quigley has assisted in teaching a family law trial skills class at DePaul University College of Law, is a regular lecturer for the Lake County Bar Association and the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education as well as other lecturing on current legal issues.

Mr. Quigley has provided legal commentary on a number of local and national media outlets including MSNBC, Fox News Channel, The Today Show, NBC Chicago, CBS Chicago, ABC Chicago, Fox News Chicago and has appeared in various celebrity outlets such as People Magazine, Life & Style Weekly, OK! Weekly, speaking on current events and legal matters throughout his near 30-year career.

 

Jordan D. Rosenberg_Beermann LLP_myLawCLEJordan D. Rosenberg | Beermann LLP

Jordan D. Rosenberg, of Beermann LLP, focuses almost exclusively in the area of family law. From simple uncontested divorces to some of the most high-profile disputes involving multi-million dollar businesses, Jordan has experience in complicated issues of: parenting time and allocation of parental responsibilities, support, cash-flow analysis in business ventures, pre and postnuptial agreements and many other family law related issues.

Jordan graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and received his Juris Doctorate from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Since beginning his practice, Jordan has presented on several topics throughout the family law community including discussions of: Section 503, confidentiality provisions of Section 607.6, child support and maintenance, grandparent rights, estate planning and divorce and many more.

In 2020, Jordan received a designation of a Certified Financial Litigator – one of only 13 in the State of Illinois and was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2021.

 

Morgan L. Stogsdill_Beermann LLP_myLawCLEMorgan L. Stogsdill | Beermann LLP

Morgan L. Stogsdill focuses her practice on complex family law matters and counsels’ high-profile clients that require the utmost attention and confidentiality. Ms. Stogsdill has been featured in the New York Times and featured on various news outlets related to her work in family law.

In 2016, Ms. Stogsdill was selected for the prestigious award of one of the “40 Under Forty Attorneys to Watch in Illinois” by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Ms. Stogsdill was named one of the “Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago” by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2017. In 2020, Ms. Stogsdill was named as one of “The Top 10 Women Attorneys in Illinois” by Emerging Lawyers.

 

Stephanie Olsson_Glasgow & Olsson_myLawCLEStephanie Olsson | Glasgow & Olsson

Attorney Stephanie Olsson mindfully represents domestic relations clients throughout the Chicagoland area to reach equitable resolutions to matters that are closest to home. Stephanie
Olsson has experience in representing a range of clients from parentage matters to clients with complex dissolution matters such as business valuation, special needs children and high-conflict parenti’ng issues. Attorney Olsson’s background in criminal law assists Ms. Olsson execute an aggressive yet practical approach to your matter.

“Domestic relations matters are incredibly personal to each individual client. It is important to listen to a client, hear his or her goals and objectives for a case, and then guide the client via the litigation process to a resolution that is in the client’s and if applicable, children’s best interests. As a domestic relations attorney, I seek to ensure that my clients understand that each has a voice in his or her case and that voice is an integral piece in guiding a case to a resolution.”

 

Michael C. Craven_Harrison & Held, LLP_myLawCLEMichael C. Craven | Harrison & Held, LLP

Michael C. Craven is a partner in the law firm of Harrison & Held, LLP in Chicago, Illinois. For more than three decades he has represented clients in all areas of family law including divorce, property division, business valuation, tax, locating hidden assets and income, custody, child support, removal/relocation, paternity, domestic violence, grandparents’ rights, and the preparation of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. In addition to extensive experience advocating for his clients inside courtrooms, Michael employs alternative dispute techniques including Collaborative Law and mediation to settle cases outside of court. Michael draws on his previous work experiences as a Certified Public Accountant and as a tax attorney to negotiate and litigate complex financial issues in matrimonial cases.

Michael is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer and a Leading Lawyer every year since 2009 as well as a Best Lawyer Lawyers in America. Martindale-Hubbell ® Lawyer Rating System has rated Michael – AV® Preeminent™.

 

James A. Doppke, Jr_Robinson, Stewart, Montgomery & Doppke, LLC_myLawCLEJames A. Doppke, JR | Robinson, Stewart, Montgomery & Doppke, LLC

James A. Doppke, JR is a partner in Robinson, Stewart, Montgomery & Doppke, LLC. For the last several years, he has concentrated his practice in professional responsibility issues of all kinds, including disciplinary defense, bar admissions, and other ethics consulting. Jim began his career as a legal aid attorney.

He then worked as a disciplinary prosecutor in Illinois for nearly 15 years. He handled the investigation and prosecution of numerous attorney misconduct matters before the Hearing Board of the Commission and the Supreme Court of Illinois. He has also participated in presenting many MCLE- and PMCLE-accredited programs on legal ethics issues, including a series of presentations on the ethics of e-discovery.

Agenda

Session I: Strategy, organizational structure, ethics, and purpose to a new client interview | 10:00am – 11:00am
1. Confidentiality/ethics | 10:00am – 10:20am
2. Fact-finding | 10:20am – 10:30am
3. Goals/strategy | 10:40am – 11:00am

Break | 11:00am – 11:10am

Session II: Prenuptial aggreements and discovery | 11:10am – 12:10pm
1. Basics of Prenuptial Agreements | 11:10am – 11:40am
2. Discovery process in divorce and prenuptial agreements | 11:40am – 12:10pm

Break | 12:10pm – 12:20pm

Session III: Child custody in Illinois and how to build your best case going forward | 12:20pm – 1:05pm
1. Child Custody factors in Illinois | 12:20pm – 12:35pm
2. Prepping your client to put together a custody case | 12:35pm – 12:45pm
3. Child Support Guidelines in Illinois | 12:45pm – 12:55pm
4. Parenting time and considerations for preparing your case related to child support | 12:55pm –1:05pm

Session IV: Filings in a divorce case from the first filing to pre-trial motions | 1:05pm – 2:00pm
1. Standard filings in a typical divorce case | 1:05pm – 1:20pm

Break | 1:20pm – 1:30pm

2. Timing of Filings | 1:30pm – 1:45pm
3. Protecting your rights via filings | 1:45pm – 2:00pm

Session V: How mediation and collaborative law are used in family law cases | 2:00pm – 3:10pm
1. What is Collaborative Law | 2:00pm – 2:10pm
2. The benefits of mediation or Collaborative Law in a divorce case | 2:10pm – 2:30pm

Break | 2:30pm- 2:40pm

3. What settlement terms need to be in an agreement | 2:40pm – 2:50pm
4. Settlement agreement tips | 2:50pm – 3:00pm
5. Settlement agreement pitfalls | 3:00pm – 3:10pm

Session VI: How lawyers can define their roles as advocates and counselors | 3:10pm – 4:20pm
1. Ethically counseling clients and determining scope of representation | 3:10pm – 3:40pm

Break | 3:40pm – 3:50pm

2. Avoiding conflicts involving both current and former clients| 3:50pm – 4:00pm
3. How to withdraw from representation safely and ethically | 4:00pm- 4:10pm
4. Avoiding advertising and social media pitfalls | 4:10pm – 4:20pm