The Law Firm of Goldberg & Kane is dedicated to the practice of family law. We focus on representing people in a range of matters affecting families. We have extensive experience and a well established track record of successful resolution of Family Court cases, including Divorce, Custody, Visitation, Child Support, Paternity, and Adoption matters; Probate cases, including Guardianship and Estate matters; Estate Planning including drafting wills, trusts, and powers of attorney; and personal Bankruptcy cases.
Our goal for each and every one of our clients is to bring resolution to their family issues, preferably through negotiation and mediation. Our top priority is what is best for the children and we pursue this priority with as little emotional and financial toll as possible. When there is no remaining alternative but litigation, we have the determination, skill and experience to vigorously fight for our client's rights.
Besides divorce and probate cases our firm focuses on several other legal areas.
Kevin Kane has been helping build families through adoption for over 30 years. Representing a family in an adoption can be one of the most rewarding experiences we have as attorneys because it results in a new beginning for a child.
It is crucial that all of the necessary legal steps be properly completed to ensure that the child is legally available for adoption and that there is no risk that the adoption can be challenged in the future. We will work with you throughout the process, whether you are seeking to adopt a related child, working with an adoption agency, or going through a private adoption.
DCFS Adoptions -- Kevin Kane is on the DCFS list of Illinois attorneys approved to handle DCFS subsidized adoptions. In addition to handling the adoption, Kevin will review the subsidy agreement with DCFS to make sure that you and the child will be getting all of the aid and information to which you are entitled from the state.
Bankruptcy can provide much needed relief for those who are in financial distress. Filing bankruptcy can stop collection actions, wage garnishments, harassing calls and demand letters, and can help you get a fresh start financially. Filing for bankruptcy is a complicated process. We represent eligible clients in filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy relief. Many of our bankruptcy clients have been suffering from financial stress for several years before coming to us for help.
A Qualified Domestic Relations Order is required if a Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage calls for the transfer of a portion of one spouse's retirement plan, such as a pension or 401(k) plan, to the non-employee spouse. QDROs are complicated legal documents because they must comply with Federal and state law and, at the same time, meet the requirements of the specific plan. We prepare the necessary Orders to divide Federal pensions, military pensions, Illinois public sector employee pensions, and plans provided through private employers or unions.
Both Deborah Goldberg and Kevin Kane are certified Family Mediators and are approved by the court for court ordered mediation in the 19th Judicial Circuit Court.
Mediation is a cooperative process where people try to resolve conflict with the assistance of a trained, neutral third party whose role is to assist the parties to facilitate communication, identify issues, explore options and negotiate solutions. Mediation is an alternative to the litigation process where the parties and their attorneys present evidence to a judge at a trial and have the judge decide any disputed issues.
Through mediation parties can craft their own solutions to problems rather than having to live with a solution imposed by a judge. Mediation is generally substantially less expensive than litigation and it avoids the emotional trauma involved presenting the details of the parties' personal lives and finances in a public courtroom.