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Robert B. Buchanan

Robert B. Buchanan

Divorce and Custody Help: Ensuring That Each Parent Has Equal Rights.
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  • Illinois
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Robert "Bobby" Buchanan is a seasoned practitioner that focuses his practice exclusively on helping parents through divorce and custody matters.

He is a 2019 recipient of the "10 Best" award for client satisfaction.

He has consistently achieved results for his clients, including:

- Secured regular parenting time for father who had not seen his two-year old son in over one year.

- Obtained 50-50 parenting time for father who had been marginalized to every other weekend before hiring lawyer and starting court process.

- Successfully re-gained custody for a father who had been falsely accused of abuse of his 6-year-old daughter.

- Obtained regular, unsupervised, parenting time and reduced child support for father who was only permitted to see child at the home of mother before hiring Joint Custody Advocates.

- Assisted mother of 5-week old daughter negotiate a joint parenting plan, which protected child and fostered healthy relationship between father and child.

(**each case is different and we can't guarantee any particular result**)

We have the experience necessary to assist in the following areas:

- Contested and uncontested divorces
- Contested and uncontested custody proceedings
- Establishing parental rights
- Establishing a court ordered parenting schedule
- Defending and prosecuting orders of protection
- Establishing child support and maintenance (AKA alimony)
- Other matters involving your parental rights and your children

Call us today to schedule a consultation!

Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Supreme Court of Illinois
7th Circuit
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
The Law Office of Robert B. Buchanan
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
J.D. (2012)
University of California - Berkeley
B.A. (2009)
Client Satisfaction
10 Best
Professional Associations
State Bar of Illinois # 6308661
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7 Insider Secrets To The Divorce Process

In this episode Attorney Robert Buchanan dives into some little known truths about the divorce process that can help you save time and money.

How Pet Custody Works in Illinois

In this episode, Attorney Robert Buchanan talks about those fuzzy family members: pets! The law has changed recently about what can happen with your pets in a divorce. In this episode he outlines what the law says exactly and what you should expect if you and your spouse have a pet that might be an issue in your divorce.

You Have An Easy Divorce If...

What are the hallmarks of an easy divorce? Attorney Robert Buchanan breaks down what it really takes to get in and out of divorce court fast.

Can You Divorce Someone That Doesnt Want To

In this episode, Attorney Robert Buchanan talks about whether you can get divorced if the other side doesn't want to. Learn how your spouse's cooperation or non-cooperation changes the process and what to expect going forward.

How To Cut Your Child Support in Half (And Some) in Illinois

This is not clickbait, folks! Learn the quirks of the Illinois child support law and how you can use it to your advantage.

Can you Get Divorced Before The House is Sold

In this episode, Attorney Robert Buchanan talks logistics. Can you get divorced before the house sold? Or do you have to wait until after the closing table?

How Much Does Divorce Cost in Illinois?

In this episode, Attorney Robert Buchanan talks money; specifically, attorney's fees. The cost of divorce can vary greatly based on what type divorce you have. Contested vs. uncontested. Kids vs. No Kids. Income disparity? Learn about the different types of divorce and the factors that can determine whether your divorce will be three, four, or five figures in attorney's fees.

How To Divide up Personal Property in a Divorce

In this episode, Attorney Robert Buchanan gets practical and talks about a couple of methods for splitting up tangible property in a divorce in Illinois. This shouldn't be an issue of much conflict in a divorce if you take some common sense steps and lay some ground rules.

Why It Doesn't Matter Whose Name Is On The House in an Illinois Divorce

In this episode, Attorney Robert Buchanan takes a look at why it doesn't matter whose name is on the house in a divorce in Illinois. Learn about the divorce related to the split of real estate and the important factors that determine how much equity you might be entitled to.

How Long Does Divorce Take in Illinois

In this episode, Attorney Robert Buchanan tackles one of the most commonly asked questions in divorce land: how long is this going to take? He talks about the difference factors that play a part in the length of your divorce, and what you can do to speed up your divorce.

Agreed Divorce – An Overview

In this episode, Attorney Robert Buchanan talks about it takes to truly have an agreed divorce in Illinois; that is a divorce where you and your spouse agree on everything. Sure, you both agree that you should get divorced, but do you agree on all the other things. How to split retirement, debt, the equity in the house? How to split parenting time? Child support? Maintenance?

Options for When You’re Both on The Mortgage

In this episode, Attorney Robert Buchanan talks about some of your options in an Illinois divorce when you're both on the mortgage. Specifically, he focuses on situations when you have equity in your home, how to split the equity, and how to make sure you're not liable for the mortgage after the divorce is over.

What Happens if You Do Your Divorce Docs Completely Wrong

In this episode, Attorney Robert Buchanan talks about what happens if you do your DIY divorce docs wrong in an Illinois Divorce. Will the judge help you to fix your mistakes? Can you undo your mistakes? Before deciding that your divorce, "is just paperwork; what could go wrong..." learn about the consequences of doing your divorce documents wrong.

How To Draft a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage

In this episode, Attorney Robert Buchanan talks about the nuts and bolts, bare bones, requirements of drafting a petition for dissolution of marriage in Illinois. Petition for dissolution of marriage is the formal request you make to the court to start the divorce process in Illinois.

Do You Have to Split Your Retirement with Your Spouse in A Divorce?

In this episode, Attorney Robert Buchanan talks about the basics of retirement account splitting in an Illinois divorce. When you have to do it; How you can avoid it; What the law says about it. The laws says that marital property must be divided equitably. How much of your retirement, or your spouse's retirement account is marital? What does equitable mean in the context of a divorce?

The Cast of Characters in an Illinois Divorce and Custody Case

In this episode, Attorney Robert Buchanan talks about the cast of characters in an Illinois divorce and custody case. Get prepared for the process by learning about the professionals you will have to work with to finalize your divorce. Every one knows about the judge and lawyers, but few know of the other key players that will be part of your case.

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29 Questions Answered

Q. What is the time frame for this whole process? I haven't gotten a date for a hearing. It's been well over 30 days.
A: Did you present your motion to the court? The court should have entered an order setting the tentative schedule. The court doesn't give you a first court date without you asking for it.
Q. I want to move from Illinois to Missouri with my children but my ex husband will not allow it
A: You will not get a response from the court without having a trial. You have to present your motion to the court by scheduling it per the clerk's instructions. The court will then set a briefing schedule and set the matter for hearing. The rules of evidence are complicated and the burden is on you to prove the move is in the kid's best interest. I would highly advise you at least consult with a lawyer.
Q. My son lives in Nevada with his mom and hates it and wants to move to Illinois with me. What is the easiest way to do
A: Unless you have a custody judgment in Illinois, any court case will have to be in Nevada. Diplomacy is easier than court. Would the mother be amenable to a conversation? I would start there first. Good luck!
Q. What does summons retd ns mean in a divorce? Does that mean the divorce was cancel.?
A: It means the Sheriff was unsuccessful in their attempts to serve your spouse.
Q. How can a mother give a child my last name with out my consent, and does that makes me legally the parent in Illinois?
A: Assuming you are not married to the mother, the name on the birth certificate does not determine whether you are the legal father. To be the legal father, if you are not married to the mother, one these things has to happen: - A judge signs an order saying you are the father; - You and the mother both sign a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity and send it in the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. It's unclear from your question whether the mom could get in trouble for what she did, but as long as she didn't forge any signatures or lie, than most likely she will not "get in trouble."
Q. Can a mother take her child (2 1/2) from the custodial father just to get child support when he’s had her for a year?
A: Yes, she can, unless there is a court order. The father could file a custody case and file a motion to maintain the status quo. If the motion is granted there will be a court order establishing the current schedule and saying that mother cannot do whatever she wants.
Q. What is an in-camera judge appearance like to a child?
A: The professionals involved in contested custody proceedings are usually very understanding of the stress the interview may cause the child. The judge will be personable and informal with the child most likely. I agree with the other attorney that suggested a restraining order re communication with child. The judge should not hesitate to enter this order and to admonish the parties re same.
Q. After living with my civil partner for almost 20 yrs. Who has supported me can I contest the will for provisions
A: I would suggest posting this to the probate or estate planning section of this website.
Q. Orthodontist expenses when only deemed medically necessary.
A: Document your attempts to get proof. Email is a good method. Make your requests simple and clear. You may need them in court, if you can't come to an agreement. Be wary however, fighting in court can cost more than "braces."
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