About Attorney Matthew Kaplan

When it comes to Family Law, the definition of success is: “Am I satisfied when it’s all done?” Our goals are to give you reasonable expectations and to make sure that you are well represented, fully informed, and well versed in the law and the interactions necessary to get to the point of success.

A Brief Look at Matthew Kaplan

Matthew Kaplan has been a member of the Lake County community for over 38 years. Always upholding family values and maintaining high ethical standards, Matthew Kaplan has given back to the community on various occasions with his many contributions to local charities and probono activities. We believe that the best results occur  when we can meet and exceed your expectations with integrity and seasoned competence. Together, we will discuss the following matters:

  • Allocation of Parenting Time
  • Allocation of Decision Making Responsibility
  • Property and Debt Division
  • Child Support
  • Maintenance
  • Other Issues Involved in the...

Practice Areas

Attorney Matthew Kaplan is here to answer all your questions so that you are well equipped for any legal obstacle.


At The Offices of Matthew Kaplan, we understand that your children are more important than any of your assets or wealth. When a divorce happens, we know that your children's best interest need to be well served to give you confidence that no matter what happens you will always be an essential part of their lives.


Our experience and and knowledge are great assets. We understand that the divorce process can have an adverse effect on your daily life; that is why we pride ourselves on our commitment to personalized service. Through mediation or litigation, Matthew Kaplan can help you gain the best results from your divorce.

Legal Advice

Attorney Matthew Kaplan understands how overwhelming the legal process can be; that's why we are dedicated to providing you with the best possible and logical legal advice.

Litigation & Mediation

Most divorce cases are settled before trial. Settlements often occur because the parties agree to a reasonable resolution of all issues. Certainly, the cost and other burdens of litigation encourage parties to settle.

In cases where one or both parties are unreasonable or driven by anger, they become heedless of the cost in money and emotional damage, and can exhaust both parties' financial and other resources in litigation.

Mediation can be a quick and fair means to resolution. In...

Why Choose The Law Offices of Matthew Kaplan

Matthew Kaplan and his staff have been a part of the community for over 30 years. We treat our clients with the respect and fine service that they deserve.


We will talk to you and help guide you so that you understand how everything works and how your goals can be met. Together we will ensure that you have confidence in your knowledge of the process...

Fight for YOU

Matthew Kaplan has a reputation as a skilled and effective litigator. If hearings or a trial are necessary, there is no one in Lake County, Illinois, better able to win for you.

Road Map to Success

Our promise is that we will sit down with you, listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and formulate a course of action to meet your goals. In the course of our discussions, we will make...

Our Services

Because we care about your genuine goals as much as you do, our services make your experience as smooth and well-informed as possible.

Preparing for Divorce

We understand that life doesn’t always go the way we planned. Maybe there have been issues brewing for quite some time an you, or your spouse, have finally decided that it is time to move on and divorce is imminent. What can you do to prepare yourself for the upwards battle? The answer is simple: contact Attorney Matthew Kaplan where we are completely dedicated to helping our clients deal with the many important matters that surround this burdensome process. From property distribution to...

Property Settlement

During a divorce, there is one question that seems to be frequently asked – who gets what? Illinois law is designed to provide an “equitable” allocation of assets and debts. At The Law Offices of Matthew Kaplan, we will attempt to reach an agreement that you are satisfied with; if settlement negotiations fail, Matthew Kaplan is well prepared to represent you at trial.

Business Interests

During a divorce, resolving property distribution can become very complicated when there is a business involved. Who gets the business? Will the divorce interrupt business activities? These are very important questions that MUST be addressed. Attorney Matthew Kaplan has helped many business owners protect their businesses.


Satisfied Clients


Cases Resolved


As a well as being a seasoned attorney, Matthew Kaplan has always kept moving forward, making sure to stay well versed and up to date on current laws and policies. These are just some of his accomplishments that represent his work and achievements throughout his career.


What our clients have to say about The Law Offices of Matthew Kaplan

Outstanding attorney.
Matthew did an excellent job representing me in a difficult divorce.
Many attorneys know the law but too few have any judgement.
Matthew has both – knowledge and judgement.
A real expert and a gentleman.
My highest and unconditional recommendation.

Meet Matthew Kaplan

Attorney Matthew Kaplan takes pride in our services as lawyers and members of the community. We understand the human factor.

Litigation Percentage:
20% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:
Illinois, 1979
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1980
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1979

Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1979
Honors: Cum Laude

Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois, 1970
Major: Psychology

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Young Men’s Fellowship Halfway House, 1981 – Present

Matthew KaplanAttorney At Law

Frequently Asked Questions

Although there may be a million questions running through your mind, here is a condensed version of the most commonly asked questions we have seen in the past.

Do I have to go to court to get divorced?

Going through a divorce does not necessarily mean you must go to court. A divorce can be resolved through informal negotiations between the two...

Can I get divorced without my spouse’s signature?

Contrary to the myth, you CAN get divorced without the signature of the spouse. One spouse’s lack of consent does not usually postpone or thwart...

Can I buy a house when separated from my spouse?

If you are going through the divorce process (and are already legally separated) and have already entered into a property settlement agreement...

Is a house owned prior to marriage considered marital property?

If an asset/property was obtained prior to marriage, it is considered private property and is owned by the original owner. If the original owner,...

Is my spouse entitled to my pension?

In a divorce, a spouse is entitled to half of the Main wage earner’s pension even if it’s a lump sum pension; meaning that at any time, the...

How do the assets get divided in a divorce?

In most cases, community property (property you both share) is divided equally between the spouses, while each spouse keeps his or her separate...

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