Haaff, Chris S.

210 N. Walkup Ave.Crystal Lake, IL 60014- 4339

Updated: 04/21/2015



Office Info

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Sole Practitioner

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Adoption
  • Child Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Divorce


Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1997

Other Affiliations

  • Illinois State Bar Association (Since 1994)
  • ISBA - Family Law Section Council, 2005 - 2008
  • ISBA - Standing Committee on Mentoring, 2006 - 2008
  • ISBA - Genetics and Human Reproduction Task Force, 2005 - 2008
  • ISBA - Task Force on the Unauthorized Practice of Law, 2004 - 2008
  • ISBA - Assembly (Legislative Body of ISBA), 2001 - 2007 (Elected Member)
  • ISBA - Fellow, Illinois Bar Foundation (Since 2001)
  • ISBA - Young Lawyers Division Council, 1999 - 2008
  • ISBA - Strategic Planning Conference, 2005 - 2006 (Committee, Participant, and Facilitator)
  • ISBA - Future of the Profession Conference, 2004 - 2005 (Planning Committee and Participant)
  • ISBA - Law Student Division Committee (1994 - 2006; Chair, 2000 - 2006)


  • Listed in “Illinois Super Lawyers,” every year since 2008
  • Judge, Illinois State Bar Association Lincoln Award Legal Writing Contest, 2008
  • Illinois State Bar Association "Young Lawyer of the Year," outside Cook County, 2005
  • McHenry County Business Journal "Top Ten Business Professionals Under Age 40", 2005

Classes and Seminars

  • “Advanced Custody and Visitation Issues,” Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), 2014
  • “Qualified Domestic Relations Orders,” Winnebago County Bar Association, 2008 and 2013
  • “Marital Settlement Agreement Workshop” and “Essentials of Family Law,” IICLE, 2012 and 2013
  • “Premarital Agreements” and “Frozen Embryos,” ISBA Family Law Section, 2009
  • “Child Support and Maintenance,” IICLE Annual Family Law Conference, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • “Preparing and Presenting Evidence in Contested Custody and Adoption Trials,” Gitlin on Divorce, 2006
  • “Family Law Update,” ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section, 2005, 2006, 2008
  • Family Law Conference, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), 2005 - 2007
  • Family Law Update, Ill. State Bar Assoc. General Practice, Solo, & Small Firm Section Council, 2005 - 2006
  • “Paternity” and “Surrogacy,” IICLE 4th Annual Family Law Conference, 2005
  • Various topics, Alumni-Student Career Conference, University of Illinois College of Law, 2000 - 2010; Conference Chair, 2004 - 2009
  • “Practice Skills for New Lawyers - Domestic Relations,” ISBA, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005


  • University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois, 1997
  • Greenville College, Greenville, Illinois, 1994
    Honors: cum laude
    Major: History
    Major: Political Science


Published Works

  • “Child Custody and Visitation by Non-Parents,” Child Custody Litigation, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE)
  • “Gestational Surrogacy,” Illinois Family Law Series, IICLE
  • “Revocation of Parental Consents and Surrenders,” Illinois Adoption Law, IICLE
  • “Adoptions,” Illinois Causes of Action - Elements, Forms & Winning Tips, IICLE
  • “Simplifying Illinois Re-adoptions of Foreign-Born Children,” Illinois Bar Journal, September 2001
  • “Same-Sex Adoptions and the Best Interest of Children,” Illinois Bar Journal, January 2001
  • “Appellate Review in Domestic Relations Cases: The Elusive Final and Appealable Order,” co-author, Illinois Bar Journal, August 2000
  • “Classification of Unique Assets in Divorce Proceedings,” co-author, Illinois Family Law Report, Feb. 1999
  • “Trends in the Duration of Maintenance Awards After Two Decades of the IMDMA,” ISBA Family Law Section Newsletter, October 1998
  • “Marriage Act Not Exclusive Remedy to Recover Attorney Fees in Dissolution Actions,” Illinois Bar Journal, September 1996

Office Information


210 N. Walkup Ave.Crystal Lake, IL 60014- 4339


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