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Family Law Firm in Kane County, Illinois

Shaw, Jacobs, Goostree & Associates, PC

555 South Randall Road
Suite 200

St. Charles, Illinois 60174

Phone(630) 584-4800
Fax (630) 513-8565

E-mail  Contact Stephen M. Jacobs

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Law Firm Overview

Shaw, Jacobs, Goostree & Associates, PC provides experienced and professional legal representation in all areas of family law and other related issues. We are dedicated to helping families work through the legal issues involved in a divorce, child related disputes and property disputes.
Our firm has over 100 years of combined experience, and we are extensively familiar with all aspects of family law.

Our attorneys at Shaw, Jacobs, Goostree & Associates, PC have represented fathers, mothers, children, witnesses and family members, including celebrities, doctors and other high-income earners, as well stay-at-home moms and the working man. We have represented every walk of life, and it has strengthened our experience and ability to effectively represent you. Many of our clients are relieved to learn that we have handled their situation before, and that we can offer insight to help resolve difficult circumstances. Let us help you with our experience and insight.

We fully appreciate the sensitive nature of family law disputes. Having handled and resolved family law matters by agreement, through mediation and negotiation and through hearings and trials, we can provide experienced, courteous and competent advice to guide you through and help resolve your issues. Whether you are experiencing difficulties and are thinking about speaking to an attorney, or whether a legal action has begun, we can promptly meet with you to listen to your concerns and explain your options, professionally and confidentially.

Areas of Law

Additional Areas of Law: Agreed Orders, Post-Nuptial Agreements; Annulments; Irreconcilable Differences; Mental Cruelty; Adultery; Habitual Drunkenness; Abandonment; Orders of Protection; Orders for Withholding and Garnishments; High Asset Divorce; Civil Union Dissolution for Non-Traditional Couples; Valuation of Business Assets; Protecting Professional Practices; Protecting Investments in Divorce; Property Division; Uncovering Hidden Assets; QDROs, Pension Valuation; Real Estate Valuation; Finance, Tax and Debt Issues; High Income Child support Obligations; Uncontested Divorce and Agreed Orders; Antenuptial Agreements; Dissolution Decree Modification; Enforcement and Contempt Cases or Child Custody Modification; Arrearages; Subpoenas; Financial Issues; College Expenses.

Areas of Law Description

Shaw, Jacobs, Goostree & Associates, PC provides legal services on the following areas of family law:

- Family Law

With over 50 years of combined experience, Shaw, Jacobs, Goostree & Associates, PC provides experienced and professional legal services in all areas of family law and other related issues. Whether you are seeking a family law attorney, divorce lawyer, mediator, or guardian ad litem, our experience and information can be insightful and valuable to you. We will give you straightforward, honest answers, to help you find workable solutions to achieve your goals.

- Divorce

Shaw, Jacobs, Goostree & Associates, PC is experienced in handling divorce and all divorce-related issues including property distribution, maintenance and tax issues raised by a divorce. Our firm also provides representation in all types of post-divorce actions, such as enforcement, dissolution decree modification actions and contempt cases or child custody modification actions. We work closely with our clients to achieve the best possible result in all divorce actions.

- Child Custody

Child custody is usually the most difficult and emotional issue arising during a divorce. In Illinois, we have two types of custody, sole custody and joint custody. In a sole custody situation, the child resides with the custodial parent and that parent has the authority to make all decisions affecting the child. Under a joint custody situation, the child generally resides with only one of the parents, known as the residential parent. When the parties cannot agree on custody, the court is required to award custody to a parent based upon the best interests of the child.

- Child Support

Child support payments are used to provide children the same financial security as if their parents were not divorced or unmarried. In Illinois, the process of child support calculation is governed by statute. The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act provides minimum guidelines for the court to follow in setting child support based upon the payer’s net income. At Shaw, Jacobs, Goostree & Associates, PC, we have significant experience in child support proceedings, including establishing income for support calculation purposes.

- Child Visitation

Child visitation orders must accommodate the paramount consideration of assuring the child's welfare. The visitation statute does not contain any standard visitation schedule. However, local court rules may contain standard or suggested schedules. We can help provide a schedule based upon your situation. The court can consider numerous factors in determining visitation rights and scheduling, including the age of the child, the relationship between the parent and child, the school schedule and any other factors affecting the best interest of the child.

- Adoption

Legally speaking, an adoption creates a legal relationship between a parent and a child and it must be done perfectly in order to be valid. All legal requirements must be completed before the court can grant an adoption. Most of the adoptions we handle involve a parent and their new spouse adopting that parent's child. We can discuss your facts with you to see if there is a sufficient legal basis for your adoption. Once the adoption is granted, we will provide the documents to obtain the new birth certificate.

- High Asset Divorce

Shaw, Jacobs, Goostree & Associates, PC is recognized by persons of wealth for our capacity to handle the complex financial issues relating to valuation and equitable distribution of marital property, and the protection of your non-martial assets. If you have significant personal and business assets, protecting those interests in divorce will be an important factor in your final settlement or court judgment. Be certain that the law firm that represents you has the experience and professional resources to ensure that your rights are explained and safeguarded.

- Property Division

The classification of property as marital or non-marital is often complicated, particularly when marital and non-marital property are combined. When dividing property a court must first determine if the property is marital or non-marital. If the property is determined to be non-marital, the court has no authority to award any portion of the property to the other spouse. If the property is determined to be marital then the court must "equitably" divide the property. At Shaw, Jacobs, Goostree & Associates, PC, we have the extensive experience and skills necessary to protect your property interests.

- Legal Separation

Legal separation and dissolution of marriage are alike in process, but have some significant differences. "Legal separation" is a term of art and refers to the process which results in a "Judgment for Legal Separation." It is primarily for those who are living in separate residences, and do not want to be divorced, but do want a court order setting forth each party's legal rights and obligations. Couples who are legally separated remain married unless they take further action. Some end up not taking any legal action at all.

- Alimony

Maintenance or alimony is a financial support paid by one spouse or former spouse to another spouse or former spouse. Maintenance awards can vary dramatically from case to case, county to county, and even Judge to Judge. We understand that to obtain maintenance, a thorough knowledge of the facts of the case and the law that applies is essential. We make sure that in our initial client consultations, we get as many facts as we can to ultimately secure the possibility of obtaining or increasing maintenance or to defend against a maintenance claim.

- Civil Union Dissolution for Non-Traditional Couples

Just as a marriage between a husband and wife can sometimes end in divorce, so can a civil union between same-sex partners and non-traditional, heterosexual couples, end in dissolution. Our family law attorneys have paved the way for couples, who need a civil union dissolution. No matter how complex your situation may be, our attorneys have more than 50 years of combined experience to offer you the legal guidance you need to successfully dissolve your civil union with peace of mind.

- Orders of Protection

Domestic Violence Orders are commonly referred to as "Orders of protection" and are entered pursuant to the Illinois Domestic Violence Act. An order of protection can prohibit a person from harassment, physical abuse, verbal abuse, intimidation, or interference with personal liberty and also provide for a "stay away" order. Other relief can be granted, including temporary possession or custody of the children, exclusive possession of the home, financial support, and even may require a party to obtain counseling. A violation of an order of protection can result in a criminal charge against the respondent.

- Paternity

Paternity is the legal relationship between a father and his child. Most paternity cases are filed because the mother is making a claim for child support, or filed because the father wants to establish his parental rights and seek custody or visitation. Paternity establishment is a prerequisite for obtaining a child support order. Some of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act laws, such as laws related to child support, custody and visitation are incorporated into the Illinois Parentage Act. There have been changes to these laws in the past several years, especially concerning the establishment of paternity.

- Pre-Marital Agreements

Pre-Marital Agreements in Kane County are often referred to as Prenuptial or Antenuptial Agreements. Ante is the Latin word for "before," so ante-nuptial agreements are agreements that are entered into before the marriage. Basically, an antenuptial agreement is a written agreement made prior to the marriage that defines the rights of the parties in the event of divorce, separation or death. Many clients agree that the best time to prepare a fair agreement protecting the rights and interests of each party is before the marriage at a time when the parties are agreeable and amicable.

- Uncontested Divorce and Agreed Orders

We have resolved many cases by agreement, and we have completed uncontested divorces very quickly. We have the necessary experience to make sure the agreement you have is the agreement that ends up in a court order or uncontested divorce order. We can explain the legal terms, and explain what effect the agreed order will have. This includes divorces where all or most of the terms are agreed up front, or where the other party does not participate and is held in default. We handle every type of agreed case. We know what you want and we know what to do.

- Personal Injury

At Shaw, Jacobs, Goostree & Associates, PC, our trial attorneys are able to represent clients in matters pertaining to personal injury. If you, your loved one or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, animal attack, wrongful death, or work related situation, we can help you fight to recover the damages. Shaw, Jacobs, Goostree & Associates, PC can help you fight for fair compensation and ensure your rights are protected.


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Attorney's Picture Mr. Carlo D. Colosimo
Child Custody and Visitation, Child Support, Divorce, Family Law, Litigation

Attorney's Picture Ms. Marcee C. Duvall
Divorce, Family Law

Attorney's Picture Mr. Anthony J. Giudice
Alimony, Child Support, Divorce, Family Law, Litigation

Attorney's Picture Ms. Tricia D. Goostree
Adoption, Alimony, Child Custody and Visitation, Child Support, Collaborative Law

Attorney's Picture Mr. Stephen M. Jacobs
Family Law, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motorcycle Accident, Personal Injury, Truck Accident

Attorney's Picture Mr. Matthew G. Shaw
Adoption, Collaborative Law, Divorce, Elder Law, Family Law

Attorney's Picture Ms. Robin M. Zandri
Adoption, Alimony, Child Custody and Visitation, Child Support, Collaborative Law


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 Interpreting “Prior Obligations” under Section 505

Years ago during the child support court call, the obligor explained to the judge that his support should not be based upon 20% of his net income because he had other children to support. It turned out that he had six children with five mothers. This would certainly be bar exam material if the topic of a question were “prior obligations”. That particular father’s persuasive personality had created an algebraic, if not social, mess.

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