Filing for Divorce and the Dissolution of Marriage Process in Illinois


Divorce may be the most stressful experience in your life - you are separating from your spouse, changing the shape of your family and turning your life upside down and inside out. No matter what the reason for dissolving your marriage, the family law attorneys at Downs Law Offices have made it our goal to help you through a difficult time, and to ensure that our attentive and thorough legal services put you in a position that enables you to succeed after your transition.


For over 50 years, Downs Law Offices divorce lawyers have been helping our clients through dissolution of marriage. In the past, that meant finding a fault-based ground for divorce (such as adultery). Today, though, virtually all Illinois divorces take place under "no-fault" grounds - otherwise known as irreconcilable differences.

Depending on the situation between you and your spouse, there may be different goals. If you and your spouse agree on the reasons and the goals of the divorce, we'll seek to file an uncontested divorce when all is in agreement. If certain small issues remain unresolved, we may be able to address them in a collaborative divorce or in divorce mediation. Of course, when necessary, our smart, educated team of family law attorneys is prepared to litigate on your behalf, building the strongest case possible - whether we can take advantage of our no-fault state or there are other divorce grounds that apply - to convince a judge to see your position and rule in your favor.

No matter what the situation is, we work to make certain that you obtain:

  • Property division orders that equitably distribute marital property and ensure that nonmarital property is separated and retained by the owner
  • Child custody orders that best reflect the wishes and needs of your child, your decision-making, and your parenting time
  • Child support that makes sense now and for the future, providing for the needs of your child or children for years to come

For these issues and more, our many years of experience means that we know the ins and outs of separation and divorce and can help you get what you deserve and protect your children and family. Our divorce attorneys know that protecting and asserting our clients ' rights in spousal maintenance, division of assets, child support, child custody and parenting time is critical.

Protecting your rights in Chicago divorces

We are available in our office weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and are always available to meet or talk after hours and on weekends by appointment. Contact Downs Law Offices today online or by telephone at 312-781-1963 to schedule your initial consultation.