Family Law Attorneys in Chicago

Skilled Divorce and Family Law Attorneys in Chicago

We have the knowledge and experience to keep our clients well-informed, so they can make great decisions.

Divorce and other family law issues can turn your life upside-down. At Petrelli Previtera Schimmel, LLC, our attorneys aim to ensure the process is as smooth and convenient as possible for each of our clients. That commitment starts with providing flexible meeting times and above-and-beyond accessibility. Consultations during evening and weekend hours are available for less disruption in your daily plans and work life.

Our Chicago office is located at the following address:

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

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(312) 252-2085

When you’re ready to learn about the possible solutions to your legal matter, contact our firm to schedule a consultation with a team of experienced family law attorneys in Chicago.

Petrelli Previtera Schimmel, LLC was founded when Petrelli Previtera Schimmel and Previtera & Schimmel merged their two prominent family law firms in 2017. With decades of combined experience, the attorneys provide outstanding representation and guidance for those involved in family law matters.

How We Can Help

We at Petrelli Previtera Schimmel, LLC know that legal matters involving family are especially difficult. Family law extends far beyond divorce. Although we have helped thousands of couples successfully end their marriage, our attorneys are equally capable and active in handling a vast range of other family law matters.

Below are some common legal issues on which our attorneys are highly qualified to advise you:

We know you only have one shot to choose a family law attorney. There is much at stake. That’s why we offer a comprehensive, one-on-one consult with an experienced attorney to discuss your case. During this meeting, you can tell us about your situation and your goals and concerns. Then, we will advise you about your legal options. When you have the knowledge you need, you’ll be able to take the right steps toward resolution.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution Act requires that at least one spouse be a 90 day resident of Illinois before filing for divorce. This means that wither you or your spouse must have lived in Illinois for at least 90 days before your divorce is filed.

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

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.

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

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.

If you are 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.

If you live outside the city, you 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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