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Donald Erwin Ray

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Child Custody, Family, Child Support

About Me

My office focuses on the representation of all issues to related family law, including paternity, divorce, custody and issues which apply to child support in the State of Illinois.

My law office is one of a few which handle enforcement of existing child support orders on a contingency fee basis. I strive each day to obtain the money owed to you and will not be paid until you have the check in your hands! The result of this approach allows me to handle cases this way.


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My life experience as a child of divorce provides insight to issues and situations which can not be understood by reading an appellate court case or a book on father's rights.  One can not truly know the effects on a child when a parent fails to show up for visitation unless you have waited looking out the window yourself.


 


My office is physically located in Rockford, Illinois though my experience and use of electronic forms of communication provide me with an ability to assist clients throughout the state.  Gone are the days where a it is necessary in which a  lawyer requires you to make an appointment at his or her office to sit down to review numerous documents with you on your time which in addition you are billed for. The law has been around many years and the legal aspects are constantly changing. The method of communication between a client and attorney should not ignore the use of email communication.  Every voicemail a client leaves is sent directly to my email and to my client's electronic folder. This process not only expedites and allows me to respond to clients 24 hours a day but significantly reduces billing costs.


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1994

  1. Child Support: 25%
    21 years
  2. Family: 25%
    21 years
  3. Child Custody: 25%
    21 years
  4. Divorce & Separation: 25%
    21 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($200-350/hour), Contingent (30%), Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Raiford D. Palmer

    Don is a very skilled family law attorney. We work together on some child support matters and I am glad to have a working relationship with him. On any child support matter he is our "go-to" person.

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    Raiford Palmer Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Brian Anthony Grady

    Donald Ray is the authority on all child support related matters in the State of Illinois. I have know Mr. Ray for many years and utilize his expertise when I have a difficult legal matter involving child support. I highly recommend Donald Ray in all divorce related matters and recommend anyone who requires legal assistance in Rockford area to contact Mr. Ray.

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    Brian Grady Child Custody Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Ray Law Office, P.C.

1437 S. Bell School Road #4
Rockford, IL, 61108

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199405/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Certificate of Appreciation Young Lawyers PresidentWinnebago County Bar Association2001

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Solo PractionerRay Law Office, P.C.1999 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Child Support Enforcement AssociationMember2002 - 2006
Winnebago County Bar AssociationYoung Lawyers President2000 - 2001
Winnebago County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2000 - 2001
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Professional organizations and associationsMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
In re the Marriage of Smith, http://www.state.il.us/court/Opinions/AppellateCourt/2004/2ndDistrict/March/HTML/2030183.htmThe award of past due support for my client was upheld
In re the Marriage of Clark http://www.state.il.us/court/R23_Orders/AppellateCourt/2013/2ndDistrict/2121061_R23.pdfTrial court overturned. Interest is to be accounted for.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal EducationThe Illinois Income Withholding “Notice” (Order) and S.B. 1002009
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal EducationThe Math of the 2006 Interest Laws2005
Illinois State Bar Association Family Law NewsletterThe Application Of Child Support Interest, More Than Just A Sharp Pencil.2003

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northern Illinois UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1991
Northern Illinois University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Winnebago County Bar Association, Family Law SectionChild Support2013
Child Support and Maintenance with GunnarUpdate Regarding the Non-Support Punishment Act (NSPA) and the 2013 Requirements of Withholding for Support2013
Family Law CLEIncome Withholding for Support2012
WCBA Family Law SeminarChild Support Interest Laws2006
NSWBA Family Law SeminarChild Support Interest Calculations2005