Illinois Divorce Resources

By WomansDivorce 

When going through a divorce or separation in Illinois, it helps to have some key information. Below you can locate various professional services and area divorce lawyers to help with your divorce. You'll also find separation and divorce forms if you choose to do it yourself, plus statutory guidelines and calculators for child support. Or look up an area divorce support group, domestic abuse assistance services in the state, and more. We also have divorce articles about divorce issues, custody and support, and rebuilding your life.

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ILLINOIS DIVORCE LAWS

Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act - IL Compiled Statutes 750 - Chapter 5

  • Dissolution and Legal Separation: Part IV

  • Joint Simplified Dissolution Procedure: Part IV-A

  • Property, Alimony, Child Support and Attorney Fees: Part V

  • Custody: Part VI

  • Miscellaneous: Part VII

PARENTING CLASSES

Various courts in Illinois offer educational parenting programs. These classes are designed to educate the parents on how conflicts over custody, visitation, and child support can affect their kids and how they can ease their divorce transition. Below are some of the various classes and programs in the state. 

You may also take an online parenting class if it is approved by your court.


ILLINOIS DIVORCE LAWYERS

Manassa Law, P.C.
Lawrence S. Manassa
777 Lake Zurich Road, Suite 130
Barrington, IL 60010
Counties Served: McHenry, Lake, Cook, DuPage, Kane
Phone: 866-418-7440

At Manassa Law, P.C., the difference makes all the difference. The attorneys at our firm are truly different and understand that divorce impacts your life in more ways than just through the legal process. While our attorneys are nationally recognized for their legal work in collaborative divorce, litigation and mediation, they are also well-equipped to understand the impact of divorce on your life as most also have a bachelor’s degrees in psychology.  

Our approach is holistic and collaborative. We are also ready to assist you with child custody, visitation, paternity, maintenance and all other family law legal issues. Call us to set up a free initial consultation to learn how we can help guide you through the challenges you're facing.


Vantage Group Legal
2241 S Wabash Ave #300
Chicago, IL 60616
Counties Served: Cook
Phone: (773) 938-4747

It’s crucial to have an experienced attorney in your corner when facing family law matters. Based in Chicago, Vantage Group Legal Services has proudly been serving Cook County since 2019. Our driving purpose is to serve our customers at an affordable price by bringing together a team of highly skilled legal professionals. Our attorneys must have at least 7 years of experience in the family law field, as well as having been recognized by a reputable organization to even qualify for our network. We aim to ensure our attorneys have the highest degree of integrity and skill within their respective field of practice.


McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C.
Kathryn Harry
1200 Harger Road, Suite 830
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Counties Served: Cook, DuPage, Will, Kane, Lake
Phone: 630-472-9700

Every divorce is different, so we will work with you to develop a road map to help you achieve the best settlement in your case. McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. has been in practice for over 20 years and our team has extensive experience and knowledge in providing creative solutions designed to last for the long-run. Find out what your options are with a free initial consultation.


Law Office of Marjorie Sher
415 W. Washington St., Suite 201
Waukegan, IL 60085
Counties Served: Lake
Phone: (847) 249-2830

I have been providing family law services in Lake County, Illinois for the last 18 years. I'm committed to providing my clients with comprehensive and practical advice so they can make emotionally, financially and legally sound decisions in their situation. I pride myself in maintaining close communication with my clients so that each is well informed and comfortable with the process. I am a certified mediator, child representative, guardian ad litem, involved member in the Lake County Bar Association where I will serve as president (2012-2013), and an active member of the LCBA Family Law Committee.


Joshua E. Stern
1603 Orrington Ave., Suite 800
Evanston, IL 60201
Counties Served: Cook, Lake, DuPage
Phone: (847) 868-9584

We are a boutique family law firm, representing clients in all matrimonial and family law matters. We focus on attorney-client rapport and will help guide you by explaining the legal process every step of the way. We encourage amicable resolutions if possible, but will fight vigorously in court if needed to protect your rights


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DIVORCE MEDIATION

Equitable Mediation Services
Phone: (312) 583-7436
Office Locations: Serving clients throughout Illinois 
Websitehttps://www.equitablemediation.com/locations/illinois

The decision to get a divorce is a very difficult one. You often have to make life-changing decisions with far reaching implications for you, your children, and your finances. Most people hire lawyers because they don’t realize there are other alternatives to getting divorced.

Mediating your divorce can help you do what’s best for your children and negotiate a divorce agreement in a peaceful, dignified, and cost-effective manner. As a Divorce Mediation and Divorce Coaching team, we treat you like a human being, helping you through this highly emotional period to reach a fair settlement in a reasonable period of time. Our comprehensive flat-fee approach provides you with the financial, emotional, and operational support to help you peacefully end your marriage in the most fair, cost effective and child-focused way possible.


ONLINE DIVORCE PREPARATION

Have all of your divorce documents filled out and completed without needing to hire an attorney! This online service helps you prepare the paperwork needed for an uncontested divorce by leading you through various questions. Your finished paperwork will be accurate and reflect current requirements for Illinois. You will also be given detailed instructions for filing your documents with the circuit court. A really good about this service is that you can access numerous books and information to make sure you make the best decisions. Start your divorce in Illinois today.


QDRO DOCUMENTS

Online QDRO Creation - Since 1989, the experts at QdroDesk™ have been providing divorcing couples and the family lawyers with a simple and affordable means of obtaining a Qualified Domestic Relations Order and all the necessary paperwork to divide retirement accounts in a divorce.


FINANCIAL PROFESSIONALS

Daly Investment Management, LLC
John P. Daly - CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER
930 E. Northwest Hwy
Prospect, IL 60056
Counties Served: All counties in Illinois
Phone: 224-347-2696

Independent, fee only, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER specializing in custom financial planning and asset management services to help you reach your financial goals.


Linda Forman
Evanston, Illinois
(847) 316-1040

Linda Forman is a CPA with over 30 years of experience. By specializing in divorce cases, she is able to help her clients reach sound financial resolutions to achieve the best settlement possible.


Cathleen Belmonte Newman 
F4 Financial
Chicago, IL
(312) 464-2219

With over 25 years of experience, Cathleen Belmonte Newsman is Certified Divorce Financial Analyst providing analytical services to help you get your finances in order before and after divorce.


COUNSELING AND THERAPY

Empowered Therapy, Inc.
Elizabeth Burke
155 N Michigan Ave Suite 723
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 722-6932

Empowered Therapy, Inc. specializes in working with women going through a divorce and coping with the divorce process and end of the relationship. Elizabeth Burke specializes in helping women cope with and adjust to all of the changes that occur as a result of going through a divorce. Elizabeth helps women feel empowered to find happiness and fulfillment in life after the end of their marriage.


Rory Gilbert, LCSW, CADC
Office Locations:

899 Skokie Boulevard, Suite 430
Northbrook, Illinois 60062
Phone: (847) 707-0657

1919 Midwest Road, Suite 100
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Phone: (847) 707-0657

I help women (and men) who are struggling with problematic marriages or who are going through the pain of divorce. Although there are many exceptions to the rule, the genders tend to take on different roles within the marriage. Men place a premium on being in control which can lead to controlling and abusive behavior, or, paradoxically, to childish, little boy like behavior. Women, on the other hand, place an emphasis on being nurturing which, when things go awry, can lead to being taken advantage of and, in the extreme, victimization. They can also fall into the trap of acting like mothers to their husband which, when the husband is acting like a little boy, is a formula for trouble.

When counseling women going through a divorce, the first order of business is to help them recover from this painful process. When a sufficient amount of healing has occurred, we can then turn our attention to their patterns of interaction that contributed to the problems. Often the goal is for women to maintain their nurturing qualities while developing the ability to be emotionally (and physically) self-protective. Sometimes when a woman becomes empowered, reconciliation becomes a possibility. Regardless of whether or not the marriage ends in divorce or new life is breathed into it, the goal is for the woman to develop the means of being in relationships in which she is respected and safe and secure.


DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUPS

The Lilac Tree
Providing information sessions, support groups, workshops & free referrals
1215 Church St., 2nd Floor
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 847-328-0313

Our mission is to provide education, support and guidance to women in the divorce process so that they and their children can move confidently towards independence.

Other divorce support groups


DOMESTIC ABUSE SERVICES

Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence


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