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Michael C. Craven

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Attorney Michael C. Craven

The divorce process can be or appear to be complex and overwhelming. I make sure my clients understand why we are taking each step through this process. I look at the entire situation objectively, always with an eye on the end result; working with my clients to find the best solutions for them and their families. With my proven track record as one of the top rated divorce and family law attorneys in the Chicagoland area, I have helped many people through the divorce process.

I represent people in all aspects of family law. My clients have issues concerning custody, child support, property division, business valuation, finding hidden assets and income, paternity, domestic violence, adoption, and grandparents’ rights. For those planning to marry, I write prenuptial agreements or postnuptial agreements for individuals who have already taken the big step. See the Practice Areas section for more details.

In addition to representing my clients in the courtroom, I solve issues using alternative dispute processes such as Collaborative Law and mediation that can be employed to settle cases between disagreeing spouses. Drawing upon my previous work experience as a Certified Public Account and tax attorney, I negotiate, and if required litigate, financial issues in matrimonial cases.

I am proud of my credentials that make me recognized and respected by my peers. I am a Fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, which is a select national group of attorneys acknowledged as prominent family law practitioners. Every year since 2009, I have been recognized by the Leading Lawyers Network and have also been named an Illinois Super Lawyer. A Super Lawyer is considered the best in their profession and “represent the top 5% of the practicing attorneys in Illinois.” According to the Martindale-Hubbell® Lawyer Rating System, I have received the highest rating, which denotes “adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities.”

Throughout the State of Illinois, I am asked to speak at Continuing Legal Education Programs. I have authored articles and a book chapter, been consulted by the print media on family law issues, have appeared on television and radio, and have been quoted in numerous publications. During my career, I have taught courses for and lectured to non-lawyers on a variety of family law issues.

People in crisis want me to help them because I listen to them and understand their point of view. They want someone who can provide the emotional support needed as they go through a critical period in their life. My clients use words like “trustworthy,” “calm” and “empathetic” to describe me. My clients tell me they feel calmer after talking with me. My goal is to help my clients make smart decisions.

I come from a family of lawyers. My father was also a divorce attorney so I have been connected with the profession for decades. With more than 25 years of family law experience, clients know my vast legal knowledge will help them reach a fair settlement.

If you have questions, I’m here to help you. Working together, we can make the best decisions that will have a positive impact on your case, as well as your future.

Education:

  • L.L.M., The John Marshall Law School, 1989
  • J.D., The John Marshall Law School, 1984
  • B.S., Northern Illinois University, 1979

Court Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1984
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1985

Professional Certification:

  • Certified Public Accountant, 1979
  • Circuit Court of Cook County Illinois, Domestic Relations   Division, Approved court-certified mediator in Cook County, 2014

Professional Associations:

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers-Fellow

  • Board of Managers (Illinois Chapter) – October 2013 to date
  • Co-Chair Finance Committee, October 2013 to date
  • Committees: 2013 – Public Relations and Advertising, Board of Examiners and Board of Managers

Illinois State Bar Association

  • Member, ISBA Family Law Section Council, 2006 to 2011
  • Associate Editor of Council Newsletter, 2010-2011
  • Maintenance Guidelines Sub-Committee Member 2007-2010
  • Co-Chairperson, 2008-2009
  • Standing Committee on Voluntary Fee Arbitration (1998 – 2004)
  • Chair, 2002 – 2003
  • Member, 1998-present

North Suburban Bar Association

  • Secretary, 2013 to date

Chicago Bar Association – Former Member

  • Family Law Referral Panel
  • Call-A-Lawyer Program
  • Cook County Court Facilitator Program
  • CBA/YWCA Battered Woman’s Program

PRESENTATIONS:

  • “What Every Accountant Needs to Know about Family Law”, presented to Steinberg Advisors, LTD, Certified Public Accountants, May 29, 2014
  • Divorce University – The Law and Your Finances, presented by The Lilac Tree, May 4, 2014
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Divorce: Legal and Financial, The Lilac Tree, March 1, 2014
  • “Business Valuation, Financial & Tax Issues in Divorce 2014” at the annual 2014 Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) program  produced in collaboration with the Illinois Chapter of the AAML, January 20, 2014
  • Divorce University-The Law, Your Finances, Your Family, presented by The Lilac Tree, April 21, 2013
  • The Practice of Family Law: Best Practices for Your Practice, presented by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers-Illinois Chapter, October 9, 2012
  • Divorce University-Beyond the Basics, presented by The Lilac Tree, November 6, 2011
  • Is It a Trend, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren? Continuity of Care-Chicago Region, May 3, 2011
  • Business Valuation, Financial and Tax Issues in Divorce 2011, produced cooperatively by Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, UHY Advisors, and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Illinois Chapter. Topic – “Planning Prevents Pitfalls: Do’s & Don’ts for Financial Expert Cross Examinations.”  January 17, 2011 (Co-Presenters: Honorable Edward R. Jordan, Anita M. Ventrelli, and James M. Kazmier)
  • Ethical & Legal Issues in Divorce, National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter, November 12, 2010 (Co-Presenter: Carol S. Goldbaum, PhD, LCSW)
  • Resolving Complex Parenting Disputes, Shared Parenting Support Group, September 30, 2010
  • Family Law Essentials-Health Insurance for Children and Related Issues, Illinois State Bar Association, December 2009
  • Know Your Finances-Beyond the Basics, Divorce University sponsored by The Lilac Tree, November 2009
  • The Estate Planner Meets the Family Law Practitioner-A Fortuitous Union, The Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s 52nd Annual Estate Planning Short Course, April 2009, Champaign, Illinois and May 2009, Chicago, Illinois
  • Resolving Family Law Issues: The Danger of Boiler Plate Language in Marital Settlement Agreements, Illinois State Bar Association, March 2009, Fairview Heights, Illinois and March 2009, Chicago, Illinois
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Divorce: Legal and Financial, The Lilac Tree, January 2009
  • Asset Protection in Divorce Cases, Chicago Bar Association-Asset Protection Committee, June 2008
  • Getting Paid & Getting Visitation: Successful Fee Agreements, Illinois State Bar Association, April 2008, Collinsville, Illinois and April 2008, Chicago, Illinois
  • “Computer Spying on Spouses”, North Suburban Bar Association, November 2007
  • “Family Law Issues Affecting the Elderly,” Chicago Department on Aging-Provider Council, June 1995
  • “Special Problems Facing Older Adults in a Divorce,” Chicago Bar Association-Elder Law Committee, February 1994
  • “Divorce Law Basic,” The Chicago Public Library/Chicago Bar Association
  • “Divorce-Know Your Rights,” Oakton Community College and The Discovery Center, 1992-1998

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in Illinois, 2014 ed., Chapter titled, “Economic Issues and Other Concerns Impacting Family Law Attorneys and their Clients”
  • “How will this (cheating) affect my divorce case?” Divorce Magazine, Summer/Fall 2010
  • “Til’ death do us part, or sooner: The family law attorney meets estate planning”, Illinois State Bar Association’s Family Law Newsletter, Vol. 52, No. 11, June 2009
  • Republished in The Docket (Lake County, Illinois Bar Association), May, 2010, Vol. 17, No. 4, page 23
  • Re-published – Illinois State Bar Association’s Elder Law Newsletter, October, 2009, Vol. 15, No. 2
  • “Corporations can pay child support too”, Illinois state Bar Association – The Corporate Lawyer, Vol. 45, No. 12, June 2009
  • “The Spousal Remainder Trust – A Modern Income Shifting Device,” Chicago Bar Association – YLS Journal, Vol. 15, No. 1, 1985

MEDIA:

  • Quoted in article by Jackie Pilossoph of Sun-Times Media for article “Deerfield’s Art of Living helps couples during divorce”, Deerfield Review, January 31, 2014
  • Interviewed by Jackie Pilossoph of Sun-Times Media for article “Glenview attorney authors chapter on economy in new book for legal industry”, Glenview Announcements, December 18, 2013
  • Interviewed and quoted in the December 15, 2010 (Vol. 156, No. 244) Chicago Daily Law Bulletin; Article by Bethany Keajelis titled “Legal Community Prepares for Civil Unions in Illinois”
  • Interviewed by Aging Info Radio November 4, 2010, “Grandparents’ Rights in Illinois,” co-guest Linette Kinchen, Executive Director of GRANDFamilies’ Program of Chicago
  • “Computer Spying: The New Technologies Tracking Infidelity, Exposing Spousal Secrets & More”, WGN Radio, November 2008
  • Interview regarding a Chicago ordinance holding parents liable for children’s actions, MSNBC Television, July 2008
  • Interview and quote in article by Joshua Eisenberg titled: “TheirSpace: Do school officials have the right to see what your kids post online-and then punish them for it? A cautionary tale of social networking and online privacy,” North Shore Magazine, November 2008
  • Quote in article by Kreiter & Tejeda: “Attorney offers tips on making vows last,” The Daily Herald, June 1995