Attorney Profiles - Child:Benton Page

Benton H. Page

Partner

When Benton Page decided to practice matrimonial and family law, he realized the differences between this challenging field and other kinds of litigation and transaction: "It is never boring," he says. "Every case requires me to learn more about some aspect of the law, as well as about people and other fields that otherwise I would know nothing about." And during divorces, he adds, "People need a lot of hand-holdingmore than in situations related to other legal matters. I have clients who call every single day, and I'm glad to talk with them. But I insist on keeping one foot in front of the other and resolving each of their matters as quickly as possible."

Even though the field of divorce law is different from other specialties in certain respects, he notes that it continues to evolve. "Divorce has always been an emotional ordeal. It is moving into a different environment, however, just like the rest of civil practice, which is less emotional, with people actually following the rules."

"Philosophically, family law has been at the forefront of the movement towards collaboration, mediation and cooperative settlements," Page observes. But he admits that this area is still very people-sensitive; and it's the last frontier when it comes to using modern courtroom technology. Even so, family law is catching up, and more efficient processes save time and help clients, "who are always in a hurry to get to the end of the process."

In Page's view, there are two distinct types of clients he sees: those who are deeply worried about their and their childrens futures and those who "just want to get divorced." In both categories, however, clients are surprised by how long the process takes. "A contested divorce often lasts longer than a year," he explains, "because the information-gathering process alone takes a long time."

Page also defends employers and other entities against suits for penalties brought under the Illinois Income Withholding for Support Act.

What's special about working at Davis Friedman? "As a firm we're recognized as one that values avoiding confrontation so we don't add to the emotional turmoil of our clients. But we are perfectly capable of litigating, if need be."

Admitted to the Bar

2009, Illinois

Education

University of Iowa Law School, J.D., 2008

George Washington University, B.A., 2005

Professional Memberships

Illinois State Bar Association

Accomplishments and Publications

Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services: Associate Board, Member

Grant Park Conservancy, Treasurer

Completed Houston Trial Advocacy Course

Legal Aid Society, Presenter, "How to Complete a Simple Divorce for Pro Bono Clients"

Argued In re Marriage of Eckersall before the Illinois Supreme Court.

Leading Lawyers Emerging Lawyer Award (awarded to top 2 percent of lawyers under 40 or practicing less than 10 years), 2015

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