Practice Areas

 

Criminal Law

​Possible consequences of a criminal conviction:

Any criminal conviction can negatively impact many different areas of your life. There are obvious consequences of a conviction, such as fines, probation or even prison. A conviction can limit your employment opportunities and create problems in other areas of your life as well. If you or someone you love has been charged with a crime, a skilled defense attorney can make a world of difference in your case.

YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS IN A CRIMINAL CASE:
• The right to have an attorney
• The right to remain silent
• The right to a presumption of innocence
• The right to trial

These rights are protected and should be exercised as soon as possible. Feel free to contact Attorney Barlow with any questions by filling out the form below.



 





 

Family Law
(Child Custody- Now known as Allocation of Parental Responsibility)

​Child Custody concerns the living arrangements, education, religion and health care of the minor children.  We can help through mediation to establish a child custody arrangement that works for all parties.  If you and your partner cannot agree, you may need to litigate for custody and visitation in court.

Our firm handles child custody and visitation cases of all types, including cases involving children's attorneys and psychological experts.  Our firm offers tenacious advocacy on behalf of clients, working diligently to secure results that enable our clients to enjoy the companionship and love of their children.​

 

 

Modification of Child Support

Under Illinois Law, child support is based, in part, on the payor's net income. The state statutes provide that a certain percentage of net income goes to child support. Although the court can deviate from this schedule, there must be some compelling reason to do so.

 

Child support may be modified if there is a substantial change in circumstances, which includes an increase or decrease in income.

Are you over paying child support? Are you not receiving enough child support?

 

Contact attorney Barlow for your child support issues today.

Dissolution of Marriage/ "Divorce"

Dissolving a relationship can be emotionally and financially devastating.  A dissolution action may also include custody, visitation, child support, spousal support and/or property issue.

Whenever possible, we help our clients negotiate divorce agreements that meet their individual needs while minimizing the emotional turmoil and distress that can be associated with this process.

Legal Separation

​A legal separation action is exactly the same procedure as a dissolution/divorce, however, at the end of the process, the parties are still married.

Similar to a divorce, the process may be taken to obtain orders for custody, visitation, child support, spousal support and/or property issues without dissolving the marriage.

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