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Michael R. Stetler

About me

Knowledgable, calculated, prepared.  Success in a divorce litigation involves several factors. 


Knowing the law and knowing the facts are key to succeeding in a divorce case.  No amount of courtroom bravado can make up for a failure to grasp the key facts, law and issues in a case.  I keep up to date by writing and editing Gitlin on Divorce Reports, a semi-monthly newsletter reporting on every Illinois family law case.  I also speak frequently, especially regarding tax and financial issues in divorce.


Knowledge needs to be applied to be useful.  Taking this knowledge, understanding it and applying it to the client's case helps me in creating better projections and calculations for clients.  With more information and a more accurate picture of possible outcomes, clients can make better decisions.


Finally, I believe being prepared is perhaps the most important factor.  Doing the legwork, collecting the evidence, understanding the evidence and reviewing preparation with the client are steps I use to ensure I am fully prepared each time I walk into a meeting or hearing.  I cannot always be smarter than opposing counsel, but I can always try to be more prepared.




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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 25%
    13 years
  2. Family: 25%
  3. Estate Planning: 10%
    5 years
  4. Child Support: 10%
    13 years
  5. Other: 30%
  6. More 



Hourly ($200-270/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Amanda Yvonne Garcia

    Michael's mastery of family law, including its financial implications, is unsurpassed. He is a patient, reasonable, and firm advocate for his clients. I highly recommend his services.


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Contact info

Stetler Law Group

1400 N. Seminary Ave.
Suite L
Woodstock, IL, 60098

Stetler Law Group

3421 W. Elm St.
McHenry, IL, 60050



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200305/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2016 One of the Best Attorneys in McHenry CountyNorthwest Herald (Shaw Media)2016
Emerging LawyerLeading Lawyers2016
Emerging LawyerLeading Lawyers2015
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney / PrincipalStetler Law Group2013 - Present
AttorneyGitlin, Busche & Stetler2003 - 2013
Association namePosition nameDuration
Council of Appellate LawyersMember2009 - Present
McHenry County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Chicago Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Valkiunas v. Olsen, No. 2-08-0279Affirmed
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Publication nameTitleDate
UnknownGitlin on Divorce Reports2007
UnknownGitlin on Divorce Reports2006
UnknownGitlin on Divorce Reports2005
UnknownU. S. Laws Help Secure Post-Divorce Health Insurance2004
UnknownGitlin on Divorce Reports2004
UnknownGitlin on Divorce Reports2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Illinois College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignTaxationMS - Master of Science2002
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignAccountancyBS - Bachelor of Science1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Child Support and MaintenanceTax Aspects of Maintenance and Social Security in Divorce2013
Business Valuations and Financial Issues in DivorceAnnual SeminareDivorce Tax Law Update2013
Maintenance, Property and DeductionsTax Aspects of Divorce2011
Business Valuation, Financial and Tax Issues Affecting DivorceTax Law Update2011
Business Valuation, Financial, and Tax Issues Affecting DivorceTax Law Update2010
Business Valuation, Financial, and Tax Issues Affecting DivorceTax Law Updated2009
Money Matters in DivorceMaintenance and Spousal Support2008
Business Valuation, Financial, and Tax Issues Affecting DivorceTax Law Updated2008
Child Support and MaintenanceLecturer2007
Drafting Marital Settlement AgreementsLecturer2006