Family law refers to areas of law such as divorce, child support, adoption, pre-nuptial agreements and child custody. If you are dealing with a family law issue in McHenry County, Illinois, we almost always recommend that you hire a McHenry County-based attorney, or someone who regularly works there, to handle your case.
Family law cases are heard at the trial court level, which in Illinois is called “circuit court.” Illinois is geographically divided into 22 circuits, plus Cook County. McHenry County is part of the 22nd Judicial Circuit. Family law cases in this circuit are heard at the courthouse at the McHenry County Government Center, located at 2200 North Seminary Avenue in Woodstock.
This is where your attorney will appear for “status conferences” (where the judge asks both sides to give an update on any progress in the case). If your case goes to trial, this is where your trial will take place. There are four judges in family court in McHenry County – one for juvenile cases and adoptions, and three for divorce and dissolution.
If you have a family-law case in McHenry County, we recommend that you hire an attorney who works primarily in McHenry County. Family courts can be intimate communities where the attorneys and judges know each other well. It will be to your benefit to hire someone who is part of the local network. It will also save you money because your attorney won’t need to travel far.
Of course there may be times when a local attorney is not the best choice for you. For example, if you have a complicated or unique case, a larger Chicago firm may have more resources to help you. These firms often have attorneys that appear in McHenry County.
Finally, many people call us looking for “father’s rights lawyers in McHenry County.” Please note that we feel that father’s rights (or mother’s rights for that matter) is just a marketing term that some law firms use to scare people. The bottom line in hiring a lawyer is that you need someone that will fight for you and aggressively represent your position. The law doesn’t distinguish between fathers and mothers and you shouldn’t be fooled into hiring a lawyer that gives that type of fancy sales pitch.
If you need help finding a family law attorney, give us a call at (312) 346-5320. We will recommend an attorney who fits your needs and has a track record of success in McHenry County.