Family Law

Family Law and Divorce can be tough

Even if your divorce is amicable, it is one of the most stressful things anyone can do. If it’s a contested or angry divorce, Family Law can be a nightmare. The one thing that can make it a bit easier is a no nonsense attorney.

I’ll not only fights for what you need and want, but also watch out for the things that can be forgotten: the children, dependent parents, possessions and investments.

What is No-Fault Divorce in Illinois?

No-fault divorce means that neither party has to prove that someone did something wrong in order to get a divorce. Simply put: One spouse has to have lived in Illinois more than 90 days. The waiting period is final when entered “subject to a right of appeal”. A No-Fault divorce is granted when the marriage has an ‘irretrievable breakdown.

For all of Illinois’ history, it was necessary to prove that someone broke the marital trust in order to get a divorce. The new No-Fault Laws reduce that down to simply, “It’s broken and we can’t fix it.”

Five Things to do Before Contacting a Family Lawyer

Divorce and much of Family Law is a long, and dreadful process. It’s not as easy as filing and submitting a complaint. There are a few things you should do before contacting your lawyer.

  • Make sure you want a divorce

     This may seem obvious, but choosing to get a divorce is emotional. You want to make your decision when you are not overly emotional. Once you get the divorce papers to your spouse, changing your mind could do nothing.

  • Get financial documents together

      Documentation is a huge part in divorce. Financial records, phone records, mortgages and car payments should be put together. If you and your spouse have shared files, make copies of everything.

  • Determine custody agreement

      If you have children, determining the custody situation is probably the first thing on your mind. Deciding who they are living with and how the shared custody will be, takes time. Discuss schedules and come up with a fair agreement.

  • Figure out living situations

     You have to decide who is moving out and who is staying. Figure out your living situation during and after the divorce. Keep the factors on your side with whichever you want to do.

  • Develop a support system

     Divorce is messy and emotional. Having a support system that will stick by you is extremely important. Surround yourself with people who will help you through the divorce.


Included under Family Law:

  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Support Modification
  • Visitation
  • Division of Property
  • Alimony
  • Business Asset Allocation

Grounds for Divorce in Illinois

  • Adultery
  • Cruelty or violence
  • Willful desertion for 1 year
  • Drug/alcohol addiction for 2 years
  • Impotency
  • Unexplained absence
  • Conviction of a crime
  • Venereal disease
  • Two year separation by irreconcilable differences
  • Undissolved prior marriage
  • Attempted murder of a spouse