Chicago Divorce Lawyer

Divorce Lawyers in Chicago

You know you want a divorce, but you don’t know where to start. Just thinking about legal forms, property division, and child custody is overwhelming. You aren’t alone. We can help.

Whether you are still considering divorce, are ready to file paperwork, or need help responding to your spouse’s divorce notice, Petrelli Previtera can help. Our attorneys will work with you to solve the complicated issues of child custody, child support, and spousal support. Contact us at 312-252-2085 to schedule your first consultation.

“When it comes to responsiveness, our firm goes above and beyond for our client. Find out how we balance compassionate and dedicated advocacy with aggressive legal representation.”

Melinda Previtera, Partner at Petrelli Previtera, LLC.

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Chicago Divorce Attorneys at Petrelli Previtera

Whether you have an amicable divorce or one that requires litigation, our Chicago divorce attorneys can help you take the next step to a better future. Petrelli Previtera will be with you every step of the way, making sure the process is as easy and stress-free as possible while protecting your financial rights.

When you’re ready to discuss your legal options, we can help you get started. For an initial consultation with an experienced Chicago divorce lawyer, please call (312) 252-2085.

Amicable Divorce in Chicago

You and your spouse have agreed to end the marriage, but you each have different ideas on who will raise the children, where the children will live, what happens to the family home, and even who gets the car. Your divorce can be even more complex if you or your spouse has a high income or valuable assets. These disagreements can turn even a friendly divorce adversarial. Is there a way to protect your rights, your family, and your future without undue stress and confrontation?

Petrelli Previtera is a nationally recognized Chicago divorce firm with a reputation for helping spouses reach mutually beneficial divorce agreements. When possible we help couples amicably end their marriage and preserve a working relationship for the benefit of their children.

Contested Divorce

Not every divorce can be resolved through mediation or collaboration. If you are facing a more complex divorce, we urge you to speak to one of our lawyers. We’ll define your goals and consider any potential obstacles, including parental rights, custody, support and division of marital property, and the steps ahead. Our attorneys will provide you with advice to protect your future. We can help you uncover hidden assets, make sure that property is fairly distributed, and confirm that all income is disclosed and reflected in child support and spousal support agreements. We have the experience to take your case to court if litigation is needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

The State of Illinois Marriage and Dissolution Act requires at least one spouse be a resident of Illinois for 90 days before filing for divorce.

There are two types of divorce in Illinois:

  1. Divorce where there is a specific reason or grounds for divorce.
  2. Divorce where no specific reason is given.

There is no waiting period if there are grounds for the divorce. The 11 major grounds for divorce in Illinois include:

  1. Bigamy
  2. Adultery
  3. Impotence
  4. Mental Cruelty
  5. Drug Addiction
  6. Physical Cruelty
  7. Conviction of a Felony
  8. Habitual Drunkenness
  9. Drug Addiction or Drunkenness
  10. Desertion for One Year or Longer

One may seek a divorce based on irreconcilable differences if there are no grounds for divorce. This is also known as a “no-fault” divorce; although a mandatory separation period is required for a no-fault divorce. In order to file for a divorce based on irreconcilable differences, you and your spouse must have lived apart for two years. If both you and your spouse have agreed to the divorce, the waiting period is shortened to six months. You do not have to maintain separate residences during the waiting period. Having separate bedrooms in the same home may qualify as living separate and apart. There is no waiting period if there are grounds for the divorce as noted above.

Schedule an Initial Consultation

Our Chicago divorce attorneys can help you move forward efficiently and professionally. If you’re ready to discuss your legal options, we can help. Contact us at (312) 252-2085 to schedule your consultation. We look forward to seeing you.

While our experience and reputation for excellence may bring you in the door, it is our commitment and personal service that will keep you as a client and have you referring friends and family to us. Our service begins with your initial consultation and continues even after your case concludes. Our Chicago family law attorneys keep you well-informed throughout the legal process. We provide regular notification of any changes in the status of your case or any settlement offers we receive.

We take your case very seriously. Our attorneys thoroughly prepare for even the smallest battles. We believe that in order to achieve victory, we need to win all the little battles along the way.

We will take time to listen to your situation and concerns and explain the law and the legal process to you. Our team invites questions and will analyze your objectives and your situation in order to provide you with an honest assessment of your case.

Experienced Chicago Family Law and Divorce Attorneys

Located in Chicago, Illinois,  Petrelli Previtera, LLC handles divorce and other family law matters for clients throughout the communities in and around Chicago and Cook County including Forest Park , Glen Ellyn, Glencoe, Woodstock, Hinsdale, Wheaton, St. Charles, Geneva, Frankfort, Western Springs, Highwood and Tinley Park, IL.

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What Clients Say About Us

This firm is very good. They gave me good advice and so far I’ll still have custody of my grandchildren and with his help I shall maintain that custody. Superior.- A Family Law Client, Philadelphia, PA
Petrelli Previtera worked with me on case and he was great. His staff and lawyers are so friendly and helpful. You can tell they cared by how quickly they returned my calls. Even if Mr. Petrelli was unavailable to assist me, his associate was there to answer my questions. I am very happy with their work and their rates are reasonable. If you need a family lawyer, these are the guys to go to.- A Pennsylvania Client, Delaware County, PA