Sports and Entertainment Family Law

We have been representing professional athletes, media personalities and entertainers or their spouses for over 35 years.

Representing professional athletes, media personalities and entertainers or their spouses has been an important part of Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP’s history over the past 35 years. Because such public personalities often have houses in several states, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck is often consulted by out-of-state attorneys and advisors on family law matters involving the athlete or entertainer even if the litigation does not take place in Illinois. The Chicago family law attorneys at Schiller DuCanto & Fleck draw on years of individual and collective experience to craft a unique and comprehensive strategy that addresses the specific circumstance of each celebrity’s divorce or other family law situation.

Because public personalities may own property and family homes in more than one jurisdiction, they may need premarital or post nuptial agreements that specify how property and support are to be handled in the event of a divorce, particularly if the laws in those different jurisdictions deal with property and support according to very different principles. Addressing the issues of family support during the early, possibly lean years of a celebrity’s career verses the high-earning years requires a thorough knowledge of tax law and an understanding of the athlete’s or entertainer’s specific goals. Schiller DuCanto & Fleck, as the nation’s largest family law firm, can provide the highly specialized services such celebrities and their spouses or significant others require.

Although family law proceedings and court filings are generally open and available to the public, the Chicago area divorce law firm of Schiller DuCanto & Fleck takes every possible measure to maintain the privacy of its clients through its experience in handling the media and in preserving the confidentiality of settlement agreements between the athletes and their spouses or significant others.

The SDF Sports, Media and Entertainment Group is comprised of divorce attorneys named as among the best in America, along with Olympians, former professional athletes, sports industry insiders, and bilingual staff. Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP’s extensive experience and national reputation in dealing with complex financial and custody issues give its clients a strategic advantage in obtaining favorable results through either negotiation or litigation.

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Parental Responsibilities and Visitation

Children are the precious product of a marriage, so parenting issues are the most emotionally draining issues that arise when marriages fail. Spouses may divorce each other, but they do not divorce their children.

Retirement Plans and Benefits

Many parties who contemplate divorce are surprised to learn that their retirement benefits comprise a large share of the couple’s joint assets. Nevertheless, retirement benefits have become among the largest assets to be addressed during the divorce process.

Marital Settlement Agreements and Separation Agreements

Marital Settlement Agreements are agreements incident to a dissolution of marriage. A Separation Agreement is an agreement between parties who remain married but are no longer living together who want to define their legal obligations and responsibilities to each other.

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