Obtaining the Favorable Outcome You Desire
Whether you are a business owner, a highly-compensated executive or their spouse, when faced with a divorce, you know the stakes are high and the financial issues complex. You need a trusted family law firm that makes it their business to protect your family, income, and your accumulated or inherited assets so you can return to what matters most: family, business, and career.
You need Boyle Feinberg Sharma.
A Team of Financially-Savvy Legal Strategists
Our talented divorce lawyers at Boyle Feinberg Sharma excel in protecting clients’ rights and preserving their wealth. We have the courtroom experience, financial acumen, and analytical firepower to custom design and execute a strategy that ensures no stone is left unturned.
With the assistance of financial specialists, we identify, value, and divide complex assets — including business interests, executive compensation, qualified and unqualified pensions, and assets unique to your family. When dividing property, we examine the tax implications of assets to ensure a fair deal FOR YOU. We are gifted negotiators who will achieve the best maintenance and child support for your family while securing optimal parenting time allocations consistent with your personal situation.
Respected Negotiators and Litigators Who Produce Results
We have the experience and ability to efficiently get to the heart of the matter and create solutions that are mutually beneficial to you and your spouse where none seem to exist. We possess a vast array of experience in trials and appeals.
Our highly-skilled partners have practiced strictly family law for decades, and their expertise is recognized by colleagues and judges. Whether it is in court or at the negotiation table, opposing counsel greet our lawyers with respect. We are a formidable team that provides unparalleled service and superior results.
We Will Not Compromise Your Future
We are committed to providing the highest level of service and will keep you informed of all issues related to your divorce.
Being a mid-sized family law firm, our partners and our compassionate staff will take the time to understand your unique issues, create a bond, and guide you step by step through this difficult time of your life. Our goal is to safeguard you, your children, and your assets — now and in the future.
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FAQ Videos by Boyle Feinberg Sharma
High Net-Worth/Business Owners’ Divorce
- What happens if one party’s income plummets during divorce? Why does this happen?
- What should a business owner’s first step be to avoid disruption during divorce?
- In a divorce, do assets always get divided up equally?
- In a high-net-worth divorce, can “hidden assets” always be found?
- If a couple owns a business together, what happens to it when they divorce?
- Are there any unique issues when a professional – a doctor or dentist, for example – is going through a divorce?
- If one spouse spent money on an extramarital affair, can the other spouse reclaim it? What is dissipation?
International Family Law Issues
Child Custody and Relocation with Children
- My husband says he wants custody of our children. What does this mean?
- My former spouse wants to take our children and move out of State. Can she do this?
- Are there any restrictions on taking the children and relocating within Illinois?
- Are there any restrictions on traveling out of the country with children during or after divorce?
- How does a judge determine the amount of child support?
- Will a judge allocate the contributions to child-related expenses in addition to child support?
- What are the recent changes to child support law in Illinois?
- Can I be ordered to pay for my non-minor child’s college education?
- What, if anything, can be done to secure a child support obligation in the event one parent dies?
- If a couple’s child had a company cell phone, is the expense considered when determining support?
- In a divorce, is asset division always equal between the spouses?
- Will all property be divided in a divorce, or is some property exempt from division?
- Which types of pensions can be divided upon divorce?
- Is a degree earned during the marriage a marital asset?
- If one spouse spent money on an extramarital affair, can the other spouse reclaim it? What is dissipation?
Parenting Time and Responsibilities
Taxes and Divorce
Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
Janet E. Boyle has written the following articles and faqs:
- “I want custody of our kids and cannot bear the thought of moving them out of the house. If I get custody, will I get to keep the house?”
- “I was just served with divorce papers. Can I try to talk my wife out of this or do I need to file something right away? What should I do?”
Joy M. Feinberg has written the following articles and faqs:
- “Now that I am separated, I would like to raise my child in a different religion than what my wife wants. Can I do that?”
- Can I fire my divorce lawyer? How? Under what circumstances?
Madilyn Keating Ellsworth has written the following article and faqs:
- What are the most common mistakes during the divorce process?
- Is it better to litigate or to settle a case?
- What is dissipation in the context of a divorce?
- What does the court look at when dividing assets in a divorce?
- Can high conflict divorces be resolved through negotiation or just litigation?
- If a couple has resolved their issues except the division of their property, does a judge decide the entire case?
- What is discovery and when does it occur during the divorce process?
- If a party decides not to retain a lawyer will they be held to the same standards in court?
- What happens if divorcing couples can’t reach a settlement and go to trial?
- In divorce litigation is there always a trial or can you settle out of court?
- How long does the divorce process take in Illinois, what can shorten it?
- On what basis can a divorce be granted in Illinois, and does fault determine the outcome?
- Is there such a thing as too much information when talking to your attorney?
- What advice would you give to someone starting their divorce?
- “What’s the Difference Between Marital Property & Non-Marital Property?”
Candace Meyers has written the following article and faqs:
- If somebody has to seek enforcement of a court order, can they get their spouse to pay their attorney’s fees?
- What are some examples of parenting time interference?
- What happens if a spouse violated terms of a parenting agreement or an allocation judgment?
- What is the difference between civil and criminal contempt of court in a family law case?
- What does it mean to be in contempt of court?
- How can someone collect past due child support?
- What type of documentation does an attorney need to help someone enforce an order?
- What is the first step someone should take if their spouse violated a child or spousal support order?
- Is a court order different than a judgment?
- What is a court order?
- How is maintenance paid from one spouse to the other?
- If spouses earn a combined income of $250,000, how much can a spouse receive in maintenance?
- How much can someone receive in maintenance?
- Can you receive maintenance during the case?
- How does the judge determine whether someone receives maintenance?
- What is the difference between maintenance and child support, or are they somehow connected?
- How long does someone have to pay maintenance?
- Do only wives get maintenance, or are husbands eligible as well?
- If one spouse earns less than the other, do they get maintenance automatically?
- Who gets maintenance?
- What is maintenance?
- “Will I get 50% of the family assets?”
Arin Fife has written the following article and faqs:
- Why is having a QDRO entered promptly upon divorce important?
- Once a divorce is complete, is there anything else that needs to be done with regards to retirement accounts?
- Is there a way to gain access to retirement funds without incurring the 10% penalty for early withdrawal?
- Can Social Security benefits be divided on divorce?
- Is a spouse who never worked entitled to a share of their working spouse’s pension or retirement accounts?
- What happens if it’s not possible to determine the balance of a retirement account at the time of marriage?
- Can a retirement account be both marital and non-marital property?
- What is a QDRO and when is it used?
- How is a retirement account divided?
- How is a retirement account valued at the time of divorce?
- For someone getting divorced in their 30s or 40s, why is it important to pay attention to the pension?
- What’s the difference between a traditional IRA and Roth IRA?
- What are the different types of retirement plans that might come up in a divorce?
- Will child support be automatically modified when the new law comes into effect on July 1, 2017?
- What is the income shares model?
- How is the amount of child support determined?
- How is parenting time and child support decided when dealing with children of unwed parents?
- What factors do Illinois courts consider in allocating parenting time?
- What’s the difference between visitation time and parenting time?
- What factors do Illinois courts consider in allocating parental responsibilities?
- Are parental responsibilities allocated to one parent, or can different categories be allocated to different parents?
- What are the parental responsibilities that can be allocated?
- Is there a difference between custody and allocation of parental responsibilities?
- Why is the word “custody” no longer used in Illinois?
- “Will I Be Able To Receive Half My Ex’s Social Security If I Remarry?”
Laura R. Gottlieb has written the following article and faqs:
- “I’m sorry I signed a prenup, now that I’m getting a divorce it doesn’t seem fair to me, what can I do about it now?”
Janet E. Boyle has recorded the following podcasts:
- “Can you give me some defining services or moments that set you apart from your competitors?”
- “How a mental health professional can make the process easier on the client, tell me a little bit about how you work with them?”
- “How can a lawyer help you divorce a spouse who’s actually very controlling very uncooperative during the process, what do you do then?”
- “My spouse and I are not getting along and planning to move out from the home we bought ten years ago Is moving out a wise thing to do?”
- “My spouse and I plan to divorce but haven’t started the process. What should we do first?”
- “What would you say the mistakes are that other lawyers who don’t focus on family law in their practice would make versus someone who does use that as their main practice?”
- “When would you advise mediation to be used and why is it useful in the divorce process?”
Madilyn Keating Ellsworth has recorded the following podcasts:
Candace Meyers has recorded the following podcasts:
- Chicago Family Law Attorney Candace Meyers on Maintenance
- Candace Meyers on Enforcement of Court Orders
Arin Fife has recorded the following podcasts:
- Chicago Divorce Lawyer Arin Fife on Dividing Retirement Assets
- Chicago Family Lawyer Arin Fife on Parenting Time and Responsibilities