About Fahnert Law

We represent clients from all walks of life including doctors, investment bankers, entrepreneurs, stay-at-home parents, and salaried employees. While our clients come from all walks of life, they have some similarities: We only represent honest people who are willing to work with us toward a fair and reasonable resolution and, if children are involved, parents who seek child-custody and child-support resolutions that are in the best interest of their children.

Caring, listening, and working hard is an important part of reaching a fair outcome in a case. Clients often have a good sense of what they want, how to achieve it, and what is fair. Their opinions are very important to us.

Similarly, we believe that to give you the best legal representation it is best to have knowledge of the court house culture and  experience representing clients in front of your judge. Therefore, we attempt to limit our work exclusively to the Domestic Relation Division of the Daley Center, in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. If you have a case in a suburb courthouse, with your permission, we may transfer the case to the Daley Center so that we may represent in the courthouse that we know best.

Our Only Focus Is the Law

At Fahnert LLC our only focus is family law. Specifically, we focus on these following areas of family law:

Dissolution of Marriage (divorce). The first thing we assess when meeting our clients for the first time is whether their marriage can be saved. Once we have determined that the marriage cannot be saved, we develop a long-term strategy for reaching the goals that are necessary for a just and fair outcome.

There are three main questions that we try to answer when defining our strategy:

  1. What are our client’s long-term goals for himself or herself and the children?,
  2. What method of dispute resolution will work best for this particular couple (negotiation, mediation, or litigation)? Will this be anuncontested divorce?, and
  3. What information will we need to reach the resolution? Will experts such as business appraisers, forensic accountants, and child-custody evaluations be needed?

Antenuptial Agreements (also called prenups). We enjoy helping future spouses take control of their financial future by reaching an agreement on how the future spouses will handle their finances once they are married.

Enforcement of judgments. Many cases do not end with the judgment. The help of the court must be sought for enforcement. We have experience prosecuting and defending failures to comply with the divorce judgment including such as failure to pay child-support, failure to pay maintenance, and failure to turn over property.

Appeals from trial court judgments. If I were said to have one true passion, it would be appealing unfair domestic relations judgments. During law school I worked on death penalty appeals (including one U.S. Supreme Court Case, Oregon v. Sanchez-Llamas) with some of the smartest lawyers in the United States. Only three years after law school, I was lead attorney in a case where the Illinois Supreme Court was compelled to issue a rarely granted Supervisory Order in my client’s favor.

Ultimately, I enjoy the challenge of appeals because I cherish the opportunity to help clients obtain a truly fair outcome for my clients through the appellate process.

Philosophy for success

I founded Fahnert LLC after working as a divorce attorney at a public-interest legal clinic in Chicago. I realized that the private sector needed the same smart, honest and dedicated divorce lawyers who worked in the public-interest sector. Thus, I founded Fahnert LLC with the client-focused philosophy of doing good, putting clients first, and resolving issues as efficiently as possible. We strive to be the best divorce lawyers in Chicago.

UCCJEA book

I am also very interested in helping lawyers across the nation improve their skills and, ultimately, achieve fairer outcomes for their clients. I am the author of Child-Custody Jurisdiction: The UCCJEA & PKPAthe leading legal book on the the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act and the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act. This book guides lawyers and judges across the nation through one of the most complex areas of family law and explains in a simple and straight forward way how to apply the law and the potential constitutional pitfalls that await the unwary.

I – and the attorneys that work with me at Fahnert LLC – believe our most important asset is our integrity. Thus, in the courtroom – as well as outside of it – you will see us:

  • Obey and respect the judge,
  • Behave ethically and justly,
  • Strategize how best to solve your case, and
  • Diligently handle all relevant aspects of your case.

Our ethics and hard work help you reach better results by winning:

  • The respect of judges,
  • Credibility in negotiations, and
  • Leverage throughout the proceeding by following the initial strategy for your case.