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Christopher S. Haaff

Divorce and separation Attorney at Crystal Lake, IL

2.8   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1997
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    In nearly twenty years of law practice, I have represented hundreds of satisfied clients in their divorces. Many former clients have returned for post-judgment representation and referred other people to me.

    25 years

  2. Adoption
    I have worked on many kinds of adoptions, including related, unrelated, contested, agency, interstate, international, and adult. Some people whom I previously helped with their adoptions send me family photos, sometimes even years later.

    25 years

  3. Child custody
    I am experienced and familiar with the new Illinois laws for "allocation of significant parental responsibilities" and "parenting time" of children in divorce, paternity, and post-judgment actions.

    25 years

  4. Child support
    Illinois child support laws significantly changed in summer 2017. Persons in divorce, paternity, and post-judgment situations need lawyers like me who know how to interpret, apply, and argue the law.

    26 years

  5. Family
    I have successfully represented hundreds of people in their divorces, adoptions, paternity cases, and post-judgment litigation. Many have been satisfied enough to have me represent them multiple times and to refer friends and family to me.

    25 years

You can read more about my law practice on other parts of my biography.

In addition to my law practice, I am a triathlete and also volunteer at many races.

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Law Office of Christopher Haaff
380 North Terra Cotta Road
Suite H
Crystal Lake, IL, 60014


2.8 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
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Posted by Tracy | July 6, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Timely information, Very knowledgeable
Chris provided me with great counsel. He not only understands the law, but is on top of current case law that was relevant to my case. Thank you Chris for being at the top of your game!
Posted by Karen | June 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Knowledgable Attorney
Chris Haaff is very professional and knows his field of expertise, family law. He does return phone calls, and after he attends court for you, he always sends a letter with a copy of the order that was entered that day and explains what comes next. I would definitely recommend him to friends and family.
Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Always there to listen
Chris has advised me on several issues and has always listened. He does not judge me or my decision. He give clear expectations and is willing to help me any time I need advise. I have reccomeded Chris to several people and they have been happy as well.
Posted by Karen | June 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expert Family Law Knowledge
I had Mr. Haaff represent me in a past due child support case. He walked me through all my options & potential outcomes for each. When we went to court the judge ruled almost exactly how Mr. Haaff predicted he would. I got the best outcome for my situation. Mr. Haaff was always well prepared & did a great job! I would definitely hire him again in the future & have recommended him to many friends & family.
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Posted by Jodi | June 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
I've used Chris for a few different cases and with every one of them I've felt so confident having him as my lawyer. He has many years of experience in his area of expertise and is super knowledgeable. But that's not the only criteria that makes a great lawyer. Chris is compassionate, understanding, funny and friendly. I've referred several people to Chris and all of them have been very satisfied. You won't regret hiring Chris!!
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Posted by Pete | July 23, 2015
Chris is bright, assured, thorough, and savvy. I hired him on 3 occasions: in 2007 and 2010 for visitation and child support negotiations, and most recently in 2014, to formalize college expenses. Chris accomplished what I wanted in negotiations and hearings, even with the combative relationship I had with my former spouse, also a practicing attorney. I had confidence when I went into court with him; I finally felt like someone was on my side which relieved some of the stress. Chris answered all my questions throughout the process. He shared his experiences in dealing with similar issues over the last 15 years. He's familiar with the network of family law judges and attorneys in McHenry, Lake, and DuPage counties. Chris prepared well-written petitions and settlement proposals covering the bases now and provided protection for me in future disagreements. Friends of mine recently hired Chris and are happy with his representation, too. He is our go-to attorney.
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Posted by Chelsey | August 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Unprofessional, complete disregard, disappears with your retainer
Mr Haff was retained for my husbands child custody case, snake charmer would be a nice way of putting it. After initially selling you he then disappears and is never to be heard from again. We wasted the entire retainer trying to get a hold of him and finally when weeks went by with no return email or phone call to either us or to the other sides attorney we tucked tail and ran. We followed up with the Illinois Bar Association as well as the BBB as I really feel this guy is shady and an awful attorney. More than anything I'd sincerely like to prevent anyone from making our mistake and trusting this guy. Somehow it seems he's able to manipulate his ratings as when you google search you get 5 stars despite all the poor reviews.
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Posted by Jeff | July 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would Not Recommend
I hired attorney Chris Haaf in the Spring of 2017 to help me with a dispute between my ex wife over time with my son, and to help pursue a few other modifications in our joint parenting agreement. When I first met with him, he was very personable. He played up the fact that he was also a divorced father, and that he had family in my same profession so I related very well to him. He had a firm handshake, looked me in the eye, and needless to say I felt very good about providing him with a large retainer. That was the end of the good things. From the first month, Mr. Haaf was extremely poor at returning phone calls and emails. Days up to an entire week, with no responses. I would try him at the start of the business day, mid day, and evening. Once i did finally reach him, he would always have an excuse. Whether it was helping other clients or busy with his family, there was always an excuse. He explained that he liked every one of his clients to feel like “they were the only client.” I decided to give him one more chance. As my next court date, one which was very important in my case about a week out, I figured it was my turn in importance. Still no responses via phone or email. As my case was less than three business days away, I ended retained a different attorney. I sent him a certified letter and email to notify him that I would be taking by business elsewhere. And his response, you may be wondering? It was an invoice, showing how he carefully used every dollar of my retainer, some of it highly questionable. My favorite part was how there were items listed, “at no charge” after I notified him that he would no longer be representing me. Unbelievable. I have requested a partial refund in his retainer fee, almost two weeks ago, and have received zero response either way. Now I am paying another attorney to undo some of his motions, as they were wrong and having to start from square one. A complete waste of time and money. I would not recommend Mr. Haaf for any legal needs.
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Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
More lol f a bad used car saleman
When you first meet with him he tells you everything you want to hear. After you pay his retainer he's done with you. He does the bare minimum. Never returns calls or emails. He works hard at trying to work the least amount possiable. Hopefully it's not too late and hopefully he has not done too much damage. He had court dates that he didn't tell me about. When I told him what I wanted he said he understood but did not follow through do not use him
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Posted by Sandra | November 5, 2014
would not reccomend
My daughter had him for her divorce 3 years ago==a huge retainer fee, never answered calls, unprepared for court, unprofessional --totally disrespectful
Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2012
At the beginning, (first 2 weeks) he sent all the information I needed and more. Then, he disappeared and never return my phone calls and never solved anything. Its a shame I never read this reviews before :( Its very sad how he takes advantage of sensible people in need instead of doing what he is supposed to do, working on their behalf and protect them.
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Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2010
Christopher Haaff
Christopher Haaff was very unprofessional: He did not return important phones calls, he did not keep me informed on the status of my custody case and court dates, and he did not resolve any of my legal issues regarding my case. I do not recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2008
RE: Christopher Haaff
I found Mr. Haaff to be complete inept at his job. He was never prepared for court and in fact did NOT make me aware of my court date, causing a motion to be entered that I did not agree to and that has in fact shortened my visits with my children. He was untruthful, deceiptful and completely incabable of his job. How he sleeps at night is a mystery. I am not finding out I am not the only one who has suffered at his hands. Please find a good lawyer, not this one.
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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Christopher Haaff
  • 2007 - Present


  • University of Illinois College of Law
  • law
  • 1997
  • Greenville College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994


  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Ten Business Professionals Under Age 40”
  • McHenry County Business Journal
  • 2005
  • "Young Lawyer of the Year," outside Cook County
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • 2005


  • Child Custody Litigation, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE)
  • Child Custody and Visitation by Non-Parents
  • 2013
  • Illinois Family Law Series, IICLE
  • Gestational Surrogacy
  • 2013
  • Illinois Adoption Law, IICLE
  • Revocation of Parental Consents and Surrenders
  • 2013
  • Illinois Causes of Action - Elements, Forms & Winning Tips, IICLE
  • Adoptions
  • 2013
  • Illinois Bar Journal
  • Simplifying Illinois Readoptions of Foreign-Born Children
  • 2001
  • Illinois Bar Journal
  • Same-Sex Adoptions and the Best Interest of Children
  • 2001
  • Illinois Bar Journal
  • Appellate Review in Domestic Relations Cases: The Elusive Final and Appealable Order
  • 2000
  • Illinois Family Law Report
  • Classification of Unique Assets in Divorce Proceedings
  • 1999
  • Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Newsletter
  • Trends in the Duration of Maintenance Awards After Two Decades of the IMDMA
  • 1998
  • Illinois Bar Journal
  • Marriage Act Not Exclusive Remedy to Recover Attorney Fees in Dissolution Actions
  • 1996
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Speaking Engagements

  • Advanced Custody and Visitation Issues
  • Moderator and Participant, all topics
  • 2014
  • Family Law Seminar
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
  • 2013
  • Marital Settlement Agreement Workshop
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
  • 2013
  • LAW ED Series
  • Premarital Agreements and Frozen Embryos
  • 2009
  • Annual Family Law Conference
  • Child Support and Maintenance
  • 2008
  • LAW ED Series
  • Family Law Update
  • 2008
  • Family Law Seminar
  • Preparing and Presenting Evidence in Contested Custody and Adoption Trials
  • 2006
  • Annual Family Law Conference
  • Paternity and Surrogacy
  • 2005
  • Practice Skills for New Lawyers
  • Domestic Relations
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
Endorse Christopher
Family Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is a very experienced and exceptional attorney. I have had Chris as opposing counsel on matters that included the issues of adoption, guardianship and custody. Chris was very aggressive in his representation and yet very professional. Chris has great knowledge and experience with adoption cases. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris Haaff is one of the most respected and knowledgeable attorneys in Illinois. He regularly speaks at various attorney seminars and is always willing to impart his knowledge and expertise to others. He has a thriving and successful practice because he is an excellent and caring attorney."

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Crystal Lake Divorce and separation Lawyer Christopher S. Haaff
Christopher S. Haaff
Divorce and separation Attorney
Crystal Lake, IL
Licensed for 25 years