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Reed, Centracchio & Associates, LLC

REED, CENTRACCHIO & ASSOCIATES, LLC is a forward thinking, full-service family law firm, that maintains in Chicago and abroad, a reputation for solid client representation. In today’s global economy where jobs, education, and travel take people to other states or far away countries, the challenges families face are more complex than ever. Not content to be like other firms, RCA attorneys distinguish themselves by providing unsurpassed customer service and by delivering it throughout the greater Chicago area and on an as-needed basis through its affiliated office in Lyon, France.

RCA attorneys work closely with skilled forensic accountants and private investigators to untangle complex financial issues, value business interests, and determine issues of asset allocation, maintenance and dissipation for settlement, emergency relief, or trial. The firm believes strongly in an attorney-client team approach and takes pride in working to resolve matters amicably where possible and through aggressive trial work when necessary.

Areas and Languages of Service

REED, CENTRACCHIO & ASSOCIATES, LLC provides professional services in Illinois for individuals located in the United States, the European Union, and Canada. Correspondence is welcome in English, French, and Spanish.

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Divorce

At REED, CENTRACCHIO & ASSOCIATES, LLC, we never lose sight of the fact that divorce is both serious business and raw emotion. As you go through the most difficult time in your life, you need a law firm that is dependable, accessible, skilled, and proactive. You need a firm that listens to you and understands your objectives and fears. You need a team.

RCA gets results because it guides its clients through a complex process only after first putting together an attorney-client team with a clear strategy and objective. We listen to our clients, provide candid advice, and give our clients knowledge that allows them to make informed decisions about their future.

Our team is adept at handling a case of any size. While some clients have already negotiated the larger parts of an agreement with their spouse, and just want someone to draft the paperwork and shepherd the case through the courts, others have issues that require more investigation to locate hidden or transferred assets. Whatever the need, RCA offers the depth necessary to determine true business valuations, locate funds, accurately appraise real estate, and secure a fair outcome at settlement or trial.

For high asset cases with substantial disagreement, we work closely with experienced forensic accountants and private investigators. Together we follow paper trails and use evidence to build a solid case for our clients. Simply stated, we earn our reputation for being aggressive, prepared and proactive.

In every divorce, there is only one outcome. There is only one chance to get it right. The results are long lasting and too important to leave to a less diligent firm. Contact us today to learn what our team can do for you.

Child Support

Everyone would agree that children have expensive needs and require support. However, the amount of support that should be paid is frequently an issue of intense debate. Although child support might seem obvious and simple to the casual observer, having a seasoned practitioner on your side can mean a substantial difference in your bank balance over time.

It is widely known that Illinois has written guidelines for the percent of support that should be paid, but not everyone understands that the court has the discretion under certain circumstances to order the obligor to pay more or less than the statutory guidelines. Even for a case where a straight percentage should be applied, it is important that your attorney take all factors into account on your behalf. How should bonus money, overtime, fluctuating income, or commissions be treated? What about the many tax issues at play? What about self-employment cases? And what about other expenses such as childcare, school tuition, health insurance premiums, uncovered medical expenses, and multiple family situations?

In additional to quickly and decisively establishing child support obligations that are fair to both those who pay and those who receive support, RCA attorneys have distinguished themselves by collecting an astonishing amount of support arrears from “deadbeat parents.” RCA gets results because its attorneys have an intimate working knowledge of both family law and collection law, and the tools each area offers to maximize recovery by locating non-custodial parents, finding their assets, and using state and federal child support laws to make them pay. In fact, for more than a decade the nation’s largest child support collection agency has turned to our firm when they need help in Chicago.

If you have child support issues, we urge you to take it seriously and turn to the professionals at RCA. We welcome your call.

International Advisement

REED, CENTRACCHIO & ASSOCIATES, LLC provides professional services in Illinois for individuals located in the United States and is informally affiliated with the independent law office of Isabelle Gandonniere in Lyon, France.

Bryan V. Reed maintains an understanding of foreign languages and cultures that prove valuable to RCA’s clients. Having traveled to nearly every country in the EU and performed work assignments in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, Mr. Reed understands the international issues that confront divorce clients whose dissolution actions might touch or concern more than one country. Drawing on such experience, Mr. Reed recently succeeded in winning a landmark decision for one of his clients, where following two weeks of trial on the issue and extensive oral arguments before the Appellate Court, Illinois for the first time in history dismissed a divorce case and sent it to another country (France) on the basis of forum non-conveniens.

Mediation

Not every couple wants to engage in a War of the Roses version of divorce or have their differences and private matters aired in open court. For those couples still unable to come to an agreement, RCA offers mediation services with Nicole Centracchio, one of the firms managing partners. Ms. Centracchio is a certified mediator who has the skills and patience to work toward a fair agreement where each party will rightly know that he/she has controlled their own outcome in the case, as opposed to submitting their future to the hands of a judge that may never have the opportunity to fully understand their situation.

Having received her accreditation and training through Northwestern University in Chicago, Ms. Centracchio follows professional and ethical practices to maintain a dignified setting where fairness, respect, and minimization of conflict are the ultimate goals. She believes that the process works not only to maintain peace of mind, but also to promote a friendly, working or co-parenting relationship post divorce. This level of cooperation is especially important for those parties who have children.

Child Custody

There is no issue as contentious or one more likely to drain your emotions as a custody battle. Before you begin, you need an objective assessment of your own strengths and weaknesses. You need a team that will give you honest advice and a good cost-benefit analysis. And you need a team that has the “know how” to get you across the finish line.

At REED, CENTRACCHIO & ASSOCIATES, LLC, we have a track record of turning “unwinnable” cases into victories. Some of our greatest custody achievements have started with clients already accused and outwardly judged of heinous acts they did not commit. By listening to our clients, getting to the truth, and planning our strategy, we turned cases nobody wanted into cases where our clients won custody.

In addition to the experience of all RCA attorneys, Nicole Centracchio, one of the firm’s managing partners, and Tania Harvey, one of the firm’s associate attorneys are frequently appointed by judges to represent children in court as a guardian ad litem or child’s representative attorney. Putting children first and maintaining a good reputation for honesty and diligence benefits our clients in our work both inside and outside the courtroom.

No matter how good the team, there are times when the facts do not support a move for custody; at least at the present time. Clients deserve honest advice on this issue, irrespective of what they might want to hear. To that end, RCA attorneys give their clients candid opinions on the strengths and weaknesses of their case. All too often other firms allow their clients to maintain unlikely visions of victory. Eventually, those dreams burst, but only after a great deal of money and mental anguish have been spent. At RCA, we believe that timing in custody is important and “know how” often means “know when.” We would welcome an opportunity to discuss your chances for success.

Prenuptial Agreements

If failing to plan is truly planning to fail, then prenuptial agreements are a critical component of a successful marriage…and should the unexpected happen…a successful divorce.

While very few people exchange vows anticipating that a divorce is down the road, statistics tell us that nearly half of all first time marriages do in fact end in divorce. The numbers are even higher for subsequent marriages. Having a well thought out blueprint to follow during the marriage can only help provide stability and prevent arguments. For example, how during the marriage will you and your future spouse treat premarital assets, inheritance, marital income and expenses, and other assets such as real estate, financial investments, retirement and the like? Who will be expected to contribute to marital expenses and in what percentage? If one party owns the marital residence, who contributes to the mortgage and pays down the principal? And will it ever become marital property? Further, if you divorce, how will these same assets be treated upon dissolution of your marriage? What about spousal support? How will a family business be valued?

Second and third marriages add an even greater level of complexity to the situation, if there are children from other relationships that stand to inherit. In such a situation, you arguably have a responsibility to your children to make sure that the euphoria you feel today doesn’t leave them unprotected in the future.

Clearly, one need have only a marriage license to marry. Entering into the contract of marriage is easy, yet what comes after the “I do’s” is everyday life, which can be complicated. Even worse, divorce can be a nightmare. Having a good prenuptial agreement can avoid arguments, stress, and financial losses.

RCA has drafted many prenuptial agreements and takes pride in working with clients to mold each one to meet the client’s needs. If you are a responsible person and wish to discuss planning your future, we invite you to contact us.

Nondiscriminatory Representation

Reed, Centracchio & Associates, LLC is a family law firm, representing families from all over the world in all shapes, sizes, colors, faiths, and sexual orientation. We do not discriminate against any person or groups of people but instead zealously represent the interests of our clients within the parameters of the law. We enjoy helping others and hope that we may be of assistance to you.

The Quality of the Team Makes All the Difference

Meet our team

We Can Handle Any Size Case, No Matter How Complex

Bryan Reed

Bryan V. Reed has nearly twenty-two years of trial experience in state and federal courts. He is admitted and authorized to practice before the United States Supreme Court; all state courts throughout Illinois; the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; the U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; and the Federal Trial Bar.

Whether a high asset divorce, a complex custody matter, a substantial maintenance issue, or a large child support collection case, Mr. Reed draws from strategies that he has successfully honed in countless courtroom trials. To augment his litigation skills, Mr. Reed periodically chairs arbitration cases, where he governs the proceedings, rules on objections and admissibility of evidence, and leads the panel in determining an award.

International clients value Bryan V. Reed’s understanding of foreign languages and culture and find that they relate easily to him. Prior work assignments in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom have enabled Mr. Reed to establish a strong rapport with clients from nearly every EU country, as well as Canada, and many other countries around the world. He meets with clients in the firm’s affiliated office in Lyon, France, on an as-needed basis.

Bryan V. Reed was born in Takoma Park, Maryland. He graduated from the University of Louisville with a B.S. degree in political science and from NKU Salmon P. Chase College of Law in the greater Cincinnati area with a Juris Doctor degree. In addition to his current firm, he has also been a managing partner in three prior law firms.

Accomplishments

Publications: Numerous articles as a family law columnist in the newspaper “Hi India”; A Proactive Approach to International Collections, as seen in publications by the Belgian Trade Commission and the Swiss-American Business council; and various part articles and attorney profiling in Divorce Magazine.

Speaking Engagements: The Chicago Bar Association International and Foreign Law Committee (International Marriage and Divorce Issues – May 2013); Union des Français de l’Étranger section Chicago (UFEC) (Planning for the future; dealing with the past. Advice from a family law attorney on making the best of international relationships – September 2013); and other family law presentations for non-profit organizations.

Affiliations: Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, and DuPage County Bar Association.

Practice Areas: All areas of family law

Languages: French

E-mail: Provided upon request. See our Contact Us page.

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Nicole L. Centracchio

Nicole Centracchio has litigated family law cases in Illinois courts since 2000 and is widely respected by her colleagues, some of whom tell her she would make a great judge. Ms. Centracchio’s experience is concentrated in family law matters. She is a licensed and approved Guardian ad Litem and Child’s Representative in Cook County, frequently appointed by judges on complex custody cases. She is also approved by the Circuit Court of Cook County as a Financial and Custody Divorce Mediator. Ms. Centracchio has served as a courtroom facilitator in the Cook County Court System where she uses these skills to assist couples with resolving issues and conflicts. She deals with all aspects of divorce issues including contested custody, visitation and financial issues.

As a founding member of this firm, Ms. Centracchio is very committed to providing excellent service to her clients. She takes pride in advising individuals of the most efficient and cost effective way to handle their specific needs.

Ms. Centracchio has extensive experience in litigating and negotiating custody arrangements in a wide variety of cases, including very complex situations where the children’s well being may be at risk. Her first concern in any family law case is to put the children of the marriage first. Intertwined in this concern, is her extensive experience in resolving and litigating the financial aspects, including the division of property, assets, business interests and spousal and child support.

Ms. Centracchio provides services to all couples who would like to try to amicably resolve certain contested issues without going through the protracted litigation process. She also has experience handling same sex divorce matters and prenuptial agreements. In every case she is sensitive to the specific needs of the client.

Ms. Centracchio also focuses on the collection of past due child support from parents that have been delinquent in their obligations, the most serious of cases deal with parents who have failed to pay for more than a decade. She has been extremely successful in tracking down and collecting significant sums of money for parents who previously believed these amounts to be uncollectible.

Ms. Centracchio was born in Chicago, IL, and graduated from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL with a B.S. degree in philosophy. Ms. Centracchio then attended and received a J.D. from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL, and graduated in January of 2000. Ms. Centracchio was admitted to the Illinois Bar in May of 2000, and then to the U.S. Northern District of Illinois. Ms. Centracchio was also admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2003.

Affiliations: Illinois State Bar Association; and Chicago Bar Association, Justinian Society.

Practice Areas: All areas of family law.

E-mail: Provided upon request. See our Contact Us page.

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Tania K. Harvey

Tania K. Harvey (formerly Tania K. Gray) works exclusively in the area of family law and appellate practice and is also frequently appointed in Cook County as a child representative and guardian ad litem representing the best interest of children. In addition to serving the needs of her clients, Ms. Harvey is very active with the John Marshall Law School as an adjunct faculty member and with the Alumni Association.

Ms. Harvey earned her Juris Doctor from the John Marshall Law School in June, 2003 and was admitted to the Illinois Bar in May, 2004. She has written numerous appellate briefs, argued before the Appellate Court and also appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court.

Ms. Harvey earned her Bachelor of Science from Miami University of Ohio in June, 2000, majoring in business with a minor in criminology.

Ms. Harvey is currently a member of the Illinois and Chicago Bar Association of Illinois. Ms. Harvey was the Co-chair of the Young Lawyer’s Section of Family Law of the Chicago Bar Association for two years and served as a Special Projects Coordinator for the Chicago Bar Association. Ms. Harvey was selected as an Illinois Rising Star in 2012, 2013, and 2015 by Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, based on a selection process that is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

E-mail: Provided upon request. See our Contact Us page.

Mallory O’Connor

Mallory O’Connor has practiced exclusively in the area of family law since graduating from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and gaining admission to the Illinois Bar in 2011.

As the recipient of Loyola’s Civitas Child Law Fellowship and the Child and Family Law Certificate, Ms. O’Connor focused on issues pertaining to children and families throughout her legal education. Through her internships with the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office and her participation in Loyola’s Civitas Child Law Clinic, she assisted with the representation of children in both child protection as well as domestic relations cases. Ms. O’Connor was also involved with the Children’s Legal Rights Journal as a Junior/Senior Editor, and was an active member of the Child Law Society.

As a practitioner, Ms. O’Connor focuses on the litigation and negotiation of complex custody and financial issues in domestic relations and parentage cases, and assists with the representation of children in these matters as well. She is also an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she teaches a writing course focused on child and family law-related issues. Ms. O’Connor is the Co-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Family Law Committee and is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Rachel L. Hempel

Rachel L. Hempel has concentrated exclusively in the area of Illinois family law throughout her entire practice. While her goal is always to obtain favorable results for her client, she never forgets that her client is but one part of a larger family picture. Ms. Hempel draws on thirteen years of practice, as well as her own life experiences as a mother and as a child of divorce to help create, when possible, an environment where parties can interact and cooperate with each other in a civil nature long after her job is finished.

Ms Hempel’s professional career includes extensive experience in litigating and negotiating financial and custody arrangements in a wide variety of cases, including custody and visitation issues, division of property, assets, business interests and spousal and child support. When RCA clients need a retirement account divided, she serves as the firm’s principal attorney for drafting the necessary Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) and making sure that the language complies with the numerous legal formalities required by company plan administrators.

Ms Hempel is originally from Michigan. She attended Saint Joseph College in Rensselaer, Indiana and graduated, magna cum laude, in 1998 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Communications. Ms. Hempel received a Juris Doctor Degree from Depaul University College of Law, in Chicago, Illinois, in 2001 and was admitted to the Illinois Bar in October of 2001.

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