2017 Office Thanksgiving Luncheon

It’s been another wonderful year here at the Law and Mediation Offices of Kelly Chang.

I wanted to thank each and everyone of the associates and assistants who have ever put in time here to help me run a successful practice.  Family law is the most challenging area of law.  I owe it to all of you.  So, thank you thank you – thank you to Tammishia, Chellie, Andrea, Diane, Jennifer, Brett, Sarah, Becca, Nancy, Andrew, Veronica, Shannon,


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In Japan, Broken Bowls are Repaired With Gold

Japan broken bowl

I found this video and wanted to share with those of you going through a divorce.  Divorce is one of the hardest things you have to go through.

If you are having problems reaching an agreement or resolution with your ex, consider some downtime instead of immediately rushing to Court.

In Japan, broken bowls are repaired with gold. The practice of repairing broken bowls with gold is called Kintsugi (金継ぎ, きんつぎ, “golden joinery”), also known as Kintsukuroi (金繕い,

Illinois: No More Custody Battles

In 2016, Illinois did something brilliant – it removed the word “custody”‘ from its family law, codified in the Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.  Instead of “custody” (legal and physical, sole and joint), Judges will now assign parental responsibility and parenting time to the parents.  No more “Custody” battles!!! Instead, parents can litigate over “parental responsibility” and “parenting time”.

Illinois, I love you.

As a family law attorney for almost 20 years, I can’t tell you how ugly the word “custody”

Avoid Being a Gatekeeper in Custody Battles

Gatekeeper mom in custody battle.

Lately, I’ve heard “gatekeeping” thrown around a lot in court, so I wrote this blog to help clear up some misconceptions.

First, gatekeeping is not necessarily ALL bad.  Most families have a gatekeeper.  In my family, I AM PROUDLY THAT GATEKEEPER.   I fiercely protect our family calendar.  I enroll my children in activities.  I plan all meals and decide what time we eat.  I am always the homeroom mom!   

Prenups: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know

Today, I had the distinct honor of being on AirTalk with Larry Mantle.  The subject was prenups.  You can hear it here!

So let’s talk about this.