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IL divorce lawyerYou have a lot of concerns when going through a divorce, and an Illinois divorce lawyer can help alleviate many of them. Unfortunately, not all divorce lawyers in the state are created equal and some are better than others. So, when you are going through a divorce, how can you tell if you found the right one for your case? You can start by reviewing the five most important considerations below.

Who Will Work on Your Case?

Many divorce lawyers offer free consultations and the chances are good that you may have yours with one of the biggest partners at the firm. Law firms sometimes do this to instill confidence in you that you are working with the most experienced divorce lawyer.

Unfortunately, too many clients soon learn that after that initial consultation, the partner has passed your case off to a paralegal or associate. These individuals are integral to a law firm and while they may help your lawyer during your case, they should never be the ones guiding the big decisions. Always ask if the attorney you consult with will be the one working on your case. If not, it may be time to find a different firm.

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child custody case, DuPage County divorce lawyers, Illinois divorce, Illinois divorce lawyers, marriage counselor, principles of marriage counselingMy spouse says that our marriage counselor will voluntarily come to court and testify against me in our divorce case on his behalf. Can our marriage counselor really testify against me? Can our marriage counselor repeat what I said in marriage counseling to the court?

The Illinois Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act, or MHDDCA, provides that a "therapist" cannot reveal confidential statements to anyone—including the court—even in an Illinois divorce or child custody case. This is prohibited as part of the "therapist-patient privilege" in Illinois.

A therapist really has no choice. Choosing to testify is prohibited by the "therapist-patient privilege." The privilege is solely the choice of you, the person receiving counseling, not the therapist. See Renzi v. Morrison, 249 Ill.App.3d 5, 618 N.E.2d 794, 188 Ill.Dec. 244 (1st Dist. 1993).

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