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Family Law

Family Law

Whatever family law problem you face, we are here to guide you to a better tomorrow.



Divorce is a difficult process, but can be much easier to bear with guidance from an experienced lawyer.

Child Custody/ Child Support

Child Custody/ Child Support

We are here to protect your parental rights and the best interests of your children.

International Custody / Kidnapping

International Custody /Kidnapping

We have extensive experience handling child custody disputes that cross international borders.

Navigating Hague Inquiries for Clients Throughout Illinois and Abroad


At Schaffer Family Law, Ltd., we have a special focus on cases involving international child custody disputes and abductions. These cases are overseen by the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, a multilateral treaty that provides a legal framework for returning an abducted child from one member country to another.

The Hague Convention does not govern the custody dispute itself, but rather decides the jurisdiction in which the custody proceedings should be held.

The Convention considers the removal of a child to be wrongful when the removal violates a custody arrangement under the laws of the state where the child was a “habitual resident.”

When Child Custody Matters Cross International Borders, We’re Able to Help

Family law attorney David N. Schaffer is well-versed in the Hague Convention and has successfully handled numerous international child custody disputes for clients in Illinois and throughout the world.

We can protect your parental rights whether you live outside of the U.S. and are seeking a custody attorney here or you live in Illinois and are engaged in a custody dispute involving a foreign country.

Need help filing a petition? The intricate process of filing a Hague petition is not for the faint of heart, which is why you should turn to David for help. He knows the process well and who to speak with to get your case heard and your child returned.

When Rogue Nations Threaten Your Family, We’re Here to Protect Your Rights

Even though there is an expectation that signatories of the Hague Convention will honor its provisions, this doesn’t always happen. When a signatory nations “goes rogue,” it can create major legal hurdles for you and your family.

At Schaffer Family Law, Ltd., we understand the frustration and concern that accompany child abduction cases, especially when a signatory nation goes back on its word to honor the Hague Convention. We have the experience and tenacity necessary to work with these foreign governments to ensure that your custody order is being honored and your child is returned home.

Talk to a Lawyer Experienced with the Hague Convention Today

From our office in Naperville, our law firm has established a strong reputation handling child custody and kidnapping issues and Hague inquiries throughout the world. To arrange an initial consultation, please contact us online or by telephone at 630-922-4500.