Michael C. Craven


Michael C. Craven has practiced law in Illinois since 1984. He represents clients in all areas of family law including divorce, property division, custody, child support, paternity, domestic violence, and the preparation of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Michael draws on his previous work experiences in accounting and as a tax attorney to negotiate and litigate complex financial issues in matrimonial cases. 

Michael has been recognized by the Leading Lawyers Network as being among the top lawyers in Illinois as well as named an Illinois Super Lawyer every year since 2009.  Illinois Super Lawyers are "considered among the best in their profession" and "represent the top 5% of the practicing attorneys in Illinois." He was included in the Best Lawyers in America 2015 edition in the area of Family Law.  Best Lawyers in America is the oldest and most respected peer-reviewd publication of its kind. 

He has authored articles and has lectured to both lay and legal groups, and taught adult education classes on a variety of family law topics.

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  • L.L.M., The John Marshall Law School, 1989
  • J.D., The John Marshall Law School, 1984
  • B.S., Northern Illinois University, 1979
Court Admissions
  • Illinois, 1984
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1985
Professional Certification
  • Certified Public Accountant, 1979
Court Certification
  • Certified Mediator, Circuit Court of Cook County Illinois, Domestic Relations Division
Professional Associations
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - Fellow
    • Board of Managers (Illinois Chapter) – October, 2013 to date
    • Co-Chair Finance Committee, October, 2013 to date
    • Committees:
      • Public Relations and Advertising
      • Board of Examiners
      • Board of Managers
  • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Member, Family Law Section Council, 2006-2011
      • Associate Editor of Council Newsletter, 2010-2011
      • Maintenance Guidelines Sub-Committee Member 2007-2010, Co-Chairperson 2008-2009
    • Standing Committee on Voluntary Fee Arbitration Member 1998-2004
      • Chair, 2002-2003
  • Chicago Bar Association-Former Member
    • Family Law Referral Panel
    • Call a Lawyer Program
    • Cook County Court Facilitator Program
  • North Suburban Bar Association-Secretary, 2013 to date

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  • "One Marketing Plan Does Not Fit All Lawyers," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, December 5, 2014
  • "Marketing is a Journey, But a Rewarding One," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, September 26, 2014
  • "Economic Issues and Other Concerns Impacting Illinois Family Law Attorneys and Their Clients," Inside the Minds-Strategies for Family Law in Illinois, 2014 Edition
  • "How will this (cheating) affect my divorce case?"  Divorce Magazine, Summer/Fall 2010
  • "Til death do us part, or sooner:  The Family Law Attorney Meets Estate Planning," Illinois State Bar Association's Family Law Newsletter, Vol. 52, No. 11 (June 2009)
    • Re-published in The Docket (Lake County, Illinois Bar Association), May, 2010, Vol. 17, No. 4, page 23
    • Re-published - Illinois State Bar Association's Elder Law Newsletter, October, 2009, Vol. 15, No. 2 
  • "Corporations can pay child support too," Illinois State Bar Association - The Corporate Lawyer, Vol. 45, No. 12 (June 2009)
  • "The Spousal Remainder Trust - A Modern Income Shifting Device," Chicago Bar Association - YLS Journal, Vol. 15, No. 1 (1985)
  • Divorce University - Financial Panel:  Know Your Finances, Moderator, presented by the Lilac Tree, November 2, 2014
  • Medical Marijuana!  The Legal & Medical Side, Weinberg Community, CJE Senior Life, October 31, 2014 (Co-Presenter:  Leslie Mendoza Temple, MD)
  • “What Every Accountant Needs to Know about Family Law”, presented to Steinberg Advisors, LTD, Certified Public Accountants, May 29, 2014
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Divorce:  Legal and Financial, presented by The Lilac Tree, March 1, 2014
  • "Business Valuation, Financial & Tax Issues in Divorce 2014" at the annual 2014 Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) program produced in collaboration with the Illinois Chapter of the AAML, January 20, 2014
  • Divorce University-The Law, Your Finances, Your Family, presented by The Lilac Tree, April 21, 2013
  • The Practice of Family Law: Best Practices for Your Practice, presented by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers-Illinois Chapter, October 9, 2012
  • Divorce University-Beyond the Basics, presented by The Lilac Tree, November 6, 2011
  • "Is It a Trend, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren?" Continuity of Care-Chicago Region, May 3, 2011
  • "Business Valuation, Financial and Tax Issues in Divorce 2011," produced cooperatively by Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, UHY Advisors, and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Illinois Chapter.  Topic - "Planning Prevents Pitfalls:  Do's & Don'ts for Financial Expert Cross Examinations."  January 17, 2011 (Co-Presenters:  Honorable Edward R. Jordan, Anita M. Ventrelli, and James M. Kazmier)
  • "Ethical & Legal Issues in Divorce," National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter, November 12, 2010 (Co-Presenter:  Carol S. Goldbaum, PhD, LCSW)
  • "Resolving Complex Parenting Disputes," Shared Parenting Support Group, September 30, 2010
  • "Family Law Essentials-Health Insurance for Children and Related Issues," Illinois State Bar Association, December 2009 
  • "Know Your Finances-Beyond the Basics," Divorce University sponsored by The Lilac Tree, November 2009 
  • "The Estate Planner Meets the Family Law Practitioner-A Fortuitous Union," The Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education's 52nd Annual Estate Planning Short Course, April 2009, Champaign, Illinois and May 2009, Chicago, Illinois 
  • "Resolving Family Law Issues:  The Danger of Boiler Plate Language in Marital Settlement Agreements," Illinois State Bar Association, March 2009, Fairview Heights, Illinois and March 2009, Chicago, Illinois 
  • "The Nuts and Bolts of Divorce:  Legal and Financial," The Lilac Tree, January 2009 
  • "Asset Protection in Divorce Cases," Chicago Bar Association-Asset Protection Committee, June 2008 
  • "Getting Paid & Getting Visitation:  Successful Fee Agreements," Illinois State Bar Association, April 2008, Collinsville, Illinois and April 2008, Chicago, Illinois 
  • "Computer Spying on Spouses," North Suburban Bar Association, November 2007 
  • "Family Law Issues Affecting the Elderly," Chicago Department on Aging-Provider Council, June 1995 
  • "Special Problems Facing Older Adults in a Divorce," Chicago Bar Association-Elder Law Committee, February 1994 
  • "Divorce Law Basic," The Chicago Public Library/Chicago Bar Association 
  • "Divorce-Know Your Rights," Oakton Community College and The Discovery Center, 1992-1998
  • Quoted in article by Jackie Pilossoph of Sun-Times Media for article “Deerfield’s Art of Living helps couples during divorce”, Deerfield Review, January 31, 2014
  • Interviewed by Jackie Pilossoph of Sun-Times Media for article “Glenview attorney authors chapter on economy in new book for legal industry,” Glenview Announcements, December 18, 2013
  • Interviewed and quoted in the December 15, 2010 (Vol. 156, No. 244) Chicago Daily Law Bulletin; Article by Bethany Keajelis titled "Legal Community Prepares for Civil Unions in Illinois"
  • Interviewed by Aging Info Radio November 4, 2010, "Grandparents' Rights in Illinois," co-guest Linette Kinchen, Executive Director of GRANDFamilies' Program of Chicago
  • "Computer Spying:  The New Technologies Tracking Infidelity, Exposing Spousal Secrets & More," WGN Radio, November 2008
  • Interview regarding a Chicago ordinance holding parents liable for children's actions, MSNBC Television, July 2008
  • Interview and quote in article by Joshua Eisenberg titled:  "TheirSpace:  Do school officials have the right to see what your kids post online-and then punish them for it?  A cautionary tale of social networking and online privacy," North Shore Magazine, November 2008
  • Quote in article by Kreiter & Tejeda:  "Attorney offers tips on making vows last," The Daily Herald, June 1995



Divorce University - Financial Panel: Know Your Finances, Moderator, presented by The Lilac Tree, November 2, 2014

§  Medical Marijuana! The Legal & Medical Side, Weinberg Community, CJE Senior Life, October 31, 2014 (Co-Presenter:  Leslie Mendoza Temple, MD)

Michael C. Craven

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