Illinois Divorce Law Resources

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.


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


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.


Robin Becker - Solutions First
1619 S Michigan Ave, First Floor
Chicago, IL 60613
Counties Served: Cook, Will, Lake, McHenry, Kane
Phone: (312) 386-1467

McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C.
Kathryn Harry
1200 Harger Road, Suite 706
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.

Law Offices of 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

Need a Divorce Lawyer? This service can help you find a pre-screened local family lawyer skilled in divorce law. By submitting details about your situation, you'll be able to respond only to the lawyers who want to help you.


Equitable Mediation Services
Counties Served: Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake
Phone: (877) 732-6682

939 W North Ave #750
Chicago, IL 60642
Phone: (773) 312-3289

200 South Wacker Drive, 31st Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 583-7436

1603 Orrington Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (847) 868-9392

1717 North Naper Blvd, Suite 200
Naperville, IL 60563
Phone: (331) 472-0670

1363 Shermer Road, Suite 331
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 897-4687

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’s other alternatives to getting divorced.

But 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. 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 legal, financial and emotional support to help you peacefully end your marriage in the most fair, cost effective and child-focused way possible.

Brian James
CEL and Associates
(312) 524-5829

By providing a civilized alternative to litigation, Brian James can help individuals reach a peaceful resolution in their family law matter by mediating their differences.


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.


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.


Daly Investment Management, LLC
222 S. Riverside Plaza 29th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
Counties Served: All counties in Illinois
Phone: 312-239-1317

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 Newman
F4 Financial
Lincolnshire, IL
(847) 634-2219

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.


Empowered Therapy, Inc.
Elizabeth Burke
155 N Michigan Ave Suite 715
Chicago, IL 60601
Counties Served: Cook
Phone: (847) 562-6376

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, Ltd.
Office Locations:

899 Skokie Boulevard, Suite 204
Northbrook, Illinois 60062
Phone: 847 272-7089

1919 Midwest Road, Suite 100
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Phone: 630 571-8722

Counties Served: Cook and DuPage

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.

Johanna Nauraine
Premarital, Marital, and Divorce Therapy
30 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 773-655-7051
Serving: Cook County


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


Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence


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