Chicago Family Law Attorneys

Skilled Divorce and Family Law Attorneys in Chicago

Divorce and family law issues can turn life upside-down. At Petrelli Previtera, our goal is to guide families through their legal matters with as little stress as possible. We keep our clients well-informed and represented. That way, they can make great decisions for their future.

To ensure the process is as convenient as possible, we offer flexible meeting times and accessibility. Meetings during evening and weekend hours are available.

Our Chicago office is located in the Loop at Two Prudential Plaza. We are near Millennium Station (Metra Electric Line and the South Shore Line and the Randolph Wabash brown, orange, purple, green, & pink lines. We can also be reached by CTA bus (4,20,60,124,147,151 and 157). Garage parking is available nearby.

Two Prudential Plaza
180 North Stetson
Suite 3500
Chicago, IL 60601

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(312) 252-2085

Ready to learn about the possible solutions to your legal matter? Contact our firm. We’ll schedule a consultation for you with one of our experienced Chicago family law attorneys.

Petrelli Previtera offers a complete range of family law services in Chicago. Call (312) 252-2085 to schedule an appointment. An experienced attorney will provide you with the advice and information you need to move forward.

How We Help

Petrelli Previtera is a divorce and family law firm in Chicago. Whether you can collaborate with your ex on divorce or your case requires litigation, our attorneys will work to get the result you want.

The attorneys at Petrelli Previtera know that we must build trust before we can obtain fair and just solutions for our clients. We work hard to earn and protect that trust. Your lawyer is available to address your questions and concerns. We are here for you every step of the way. No matter your situation, you can depend on Petrelli Previtera to provide exceptional legal services in a professional and compassionate environment.

Your First Consultation

The first step to finding the right solution for you and your family is to schedule a consultation. An experienced attorney will evaluate your situation, discuss your goals and potential obstacles, and determine the next steps. We encourage you to ask questions. Our goal is to create a comfortable and trust-filled client/lawyer relationship as we create a customized strategy to protect your family and your future.

When you’re ready to discuss solutions to your legal matter, call (312) 252-2085 to speak with an experienced Chicago family law attorney.

Retaining a Lawyer

It is possible to navigate divorce on your own. However, without proper knowledge of the law, your decisions can negatively affect your life after divorce. It’s helpful to have someone in your corner who knows the system and can advocate for your best interest.

The key to having a successful outcome in your case is hiring the right attorney. An attorney who practices in family law specifically will be knowledgeable about the statutes and procedures that affect your case. Working with a lawyer who is committed to your case will help expedite the process.

We highly recommend consulting with an attorney. You’ll get valuable information about your legal rights and the benefits of legal representation. Make sure you choose someone who will listen to your case, be available to answer your concerns, and will negotiate, advocate, and litigate when necessary. Always ask for references to learn about their reputation. More importantly, your attorney should be someone who makes you feel comfortable and confident.

Petrelli Previtera’s knowledgeable attorneys will be dedicated to you. Contact our office at (312) 252-2085 or schedule a consultation online to get started.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

There are two types of divorce in Illinois: divorce where there is a specific reason (grounds) for divorce, and divorce where no specific reason is given. If there are no grounds for divorce, one may seek a divorce based on irreconcilable differences. This is also known as no-fault divorce. A no-fault divorce requires a mandatory separation period.

There are 11 major grounds for divorce in Illinois:

  1. Impotence
  2. Bigamy
  3. Adultery
  4. Desertion for one year or longer
  5. Drug addiction
  6. Habitual drunkenness
  7. Mental cruelty
  8. Physical cruelty
  9. Drug addiction or drunkenness
  10. Infection with a sexually transmitted disease
  11. Conviction of a felony

To obtain a divorce based on irreconcilable differences, you and your spouse must live separate and apart for a certain period before the divorce can be finalized. If both spouses agree to the divorce, the waiting period is six months. However, if the divorce is contested, the waiting period is two years. There is no waiting period if there are grounds for the divorce.

In order to file for a divorce based on irreconcilable differences, you and your spouse must have lived apart for a period of 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.

You will need to file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. This form is your formal request for a divorce and is available through your County Court website. You may need to fill out additional forms depending on the circumstances of your divorce.

When filing for divorce in Illinois, your petition for divorce must be filed in the county where you or your spouse lives. If you reside in Chicago, you may file your petition with the Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court located in Room 802 of the Richard J. Daley Center at 50 West Washington in Chicago.

Residents outside the city may file at the nearest suburban courthouse.

District # 2: Skokie Courthouse, 5600 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL 60077
District # 3: Rolling Meadows Courthouse, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
District # 4: Maywood Courthouse, 1500 Maybrook Drive, Maywood, IL 60153
District # 5: Bridgeview Courthouse, 10220 S. 76th Avenue, Bridgeview, IL 60455
District # 6: Markham Courthouse, 16501 S. Kedzie Parkway, Markham, IL 60428

There are two main fees in a Chicago divorce: attorney fees and court fees. Your attorney fees will depend on the attorney you choose and the circumstances of your divorce. Court fees are set by the County.

Residents of Cook County can expect the following fees when filing for divorce:

$337 filing fee for opening a new divorce case
$206 fee to respond if your spouse has filed for divorce
$60 fee to have the Sherriff serve the divorce papers to your spouse
$60 request for petitions to modify, terminate or enforce judgments for child support or spousal support
$25 Parenting Education Class fee
$50 transcript fee
$60 fee to file a Motion, Cross-Motion or Order to Show Cause.

If your spouse does not live in the county where you are filing, you will need to contact the sheriff in the county where your spouse is a resident and arrange to have the papers served.

If the sheriff is unable to serve divorce papers to your spouse, you may Serve by Publication. Service by Publication allows you to serve notice of the divorce to your spouse by publishing a notification of divorce proceedings in a general-circulation newspaper. However, this form of service must be approved by the county court. The Circuit Court Clerk will be able to tell you which newspaper to contact for service by publication.

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