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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.

Helping You Enforce a Child Support Order Overseas


When a marriage or relationship with someone from another country ends in separation or divorce, it’s not uncommon for the foreign partner to want to move back to his or her home country. While this doesn’t cause issues for childless couples, having children does complicate matters and means one parent must pay child support to the other.

Even though the process of paying child support is rather streamlined here in the United States — even if parents live in different states — the same is not true for parents living in different countries. Courts in other countries may not recognize the authority of a child support order from another country. Instead, a recipient parent must petition a foreign court for a new child support order.

At Schaffer Family Law, Ltd., we know that child support can be vital to sustaining your child’s needs. We also understand the complex processes involved with obtaining and enforcing child support agreements both in the United States and internationally. Our skilled attorney helps families navigate interstate and international custody disputes to serve the best interests of the children involved.

Experienced Counsel for Interstate and International Needs

When dealing with complex international child support issues, you need someone on your side who not only understands the legal process, but has also gone through the process numerous times. For more than 38 years, attorney David N. Schaffer has served clients throughout Naperville, Illinois, and the world with child custody matters, including enforcement of state and foreign court orders.

Schaffer Family Law, Ltd., will carefully investigate your individual case to thoroughly understand the best approach to seek enforcement of a child support agreement. We begin this investigation by making the following inquiries:

  • If need be, has paternity been established?
  • Has a claim been filed with the other country’s child support agency?
  • Is the parent living in a country that has a reciprocal agreement with the United States?
  • If the parent is not in a country with a reciprocal agreement, does the country have child support laws?

Once these questions have been answered, we will advise you on the next steps and assist you through the process to carry out enforcement of payment or file for payment.

Few family lawyers are prepared to take on international family law matters, but David N. Schaffer is. He has a track record of success with these unique and complex cases and knows how to effectively guide you through the process ahead.

Get Our Help Navigating Complex Legal Systems

An experienced lawyer can help determine which court has jurisdiction and what steps need to be taken to ensure that child support is paid. Schaffer Family Law, Ltd., will be by your side every step of the way. With more than 38 years of experience and extensive knowledge of international family law, we have the wherewithal to assist you in your time of need.

From our Naperville offices, we represent clients throughout Illinois, across the nation and around the world. Contact us today to set up an initial consultation. Call 630-922-4500 to speak to a skilled attorney. Find answers to questions about our intake process.