AREAS OF PRACTICE

When you face legal challenges in Central Illinois, you need all available advantages to position yourself for a better future, especially when facing a criminal charge. You don't have to handle your case alone.

A skilled, professional and knowledgeable defense attorney can effectively take the right steps for you or your family member.

Family Law and Domestic Relations

Family law is an area of the law that deals with family-related matters and domestic relations.

DIVORCE AND CHILD CUSTODY
Marital issues are extremely sensitive and for many represent significant legal as well as emotional challenges. Matters concerning child custody and visitation rights are particularly challenging.

I offer personal attention and sensitivity to your emotional as well as legal needs during what may be one of the most difficult periods of your life.

In my office you will treated as an individual not just another 'case'. You will have the benefit of my years of experience as well as my skills as states’ attorney, defense lawyer and trial attorney. Alternatives to litigation including informal as well as formal mediation in an attempt to resolve or narrow issues will be explored prior to rushing into costly custody trials. Should a trial be necessary, I will represent and advocate your interests diligently before the court.

MAINTANENCE AND SPOUSAL SUPPORT
When the breakdown of your marriage leads to inequality of income, the option exists to seek maintenance or spousal support on behalf of the spouse that lacks sufficient financial resources to adequately sustain a reasonable standard of living post-divorce.

The court may award Rehabilitative Maintenance for a period of time in order for the recipient to obtain job training or education and other tools necessary for them to become financially stable.

Permanent Maintenance may be awarded, usually in long-term marriages where significant income disparities exist. Often the spouse has not worked outside the home for many years and has no job skills or reasonable chance of supporting himself or herself in the future without assistance.

POST-DECREEE LITIGATION
Issues involving changes in circumstances after the Final Divorce Decree is entered including custody and visitation modifications, child support issues and college expenses are frequently encountered. The age and wishes of the children, the current living conditions of the parties and their respective relationships with the children are considered. College expense contributions of the parties are ordinarily apportioned pursuant to the financial situation of the parties and the needs of the children.

Representation by an experienced and reasonable attorney will maximize your chances of obtaining a fair and reasonable resolution of these issues without the need for extended and costly litigation.

Criminal, Traffic and Juvenile Defense

If you or a family member has been arrested for a criminal or traffic offense or has been charged in the juvenile court regarding the abuse or neglect of a child, immediate representation by a lawyer who is experienced, aggressive and competent in these areas is of critical importance. What you do at the very outset of such cases can have a significant impact on the ultimate outcome of your case.

Put my many years of experience as a state’s attorney and criminal defense attorney to work for you. Whether your case is resolved by negotiation or by trial, your situation will be greatly improved by having experienced counsel at our side.

Personal Injury

Personal injury is a legal term for an injury to the body, mind or emotions, as opposed to an injury to property.