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Divorce impacts the things in your life that are most precious. It can threaten your financial security and even affect the role you play in the lives of your children.

With the stakes so enormously high, you need a partner you can count on. Our Belleville, Illinois, attorneys are there to provide you the legal guidance and support you need both in and out of the courtroom.

Divorce Attorneys Dedicated to Helping Men

It is critical to recognize that the decisions you make during the divorce process will affect the rest of your life. The family law attorneys at Cordell & Cordell’s Belleville, Illinois, office exclusively practice family law with a focus on men’s divorce so they understand the challenges you’ll face in the courtroom.

The firm’s Belleville attorneys will walk you through every step of the divorce process and answer any questions you might have. It is our mission to be advisors and advocates for men before, during and after divorce, with a passionate devotion to excellence.

Advocates For Dad’s Rights and Fathers’ Rights

Cordell & Cordell was founded in 1990 by Joseph E. Cordell and his wife, Yvonne. Since then the firm has fought against numerous stereotypes men and fathers face in the family court system.

Cordell & Cordell has grown into one of the largest family law firms serving men in the world with more than 100 offices across the United States. In 2015, the firm expanded internationally by opening its first office in the United Kingdom.

At Cordell & Cordell, we understand the unique challenges military families face during divorce.

Client Testimonials


“Kristy and I did not agree on her strategy in the beginning, but boy am I glad I listened to her now! In the long run, it really paid off! She knew exactly what she was talking about. Not once was Kristy contradicted by the opposing counsel. She had done her homework and was always right! Her looks are deceiving; I didn’t expect her to come out so strong and aggressive! I’ll just say I’m glad she was on my side! I was very impressed with Cordell & Cordell from the very beginning. Your Tulsa office immediately recognized that it would be more cost efficient for me to work with your Oklahoma City office and transferred me right away. I really appreciate that. … Even when Kristy went on maternity leave, the gentleman that stepped in for her was excellent. My wife said [he] was so polite every time they spoke and very aggressive as well. …”


“[My attorney] has been a true professional and dedicated to my case since the first day I had a consultation with her. [My attorney] has made me feel incredibly confident in choosing Cordell & Cordell for my representation during this divorce, and I am truly happy in choosing [my attorney] …”


“[My attorney] presented me with scenarios, outcomes, statutes and every legal anomaly in between. She explained all technical details in a manner which I understood, and verified I understood before proceeding into any other legal matters. [My attorney] kept me abreast of all timelines, due dates, etc. She prepared me with ample notice and took time to review all aspects of the legal cases pertaining to me. [My attorney] always returns calls promptly and replied to emails in a most expeditious manner. [My attorney] has always made time for me and my case. This is why I requested her again for my current custody case. Her proven track record, with me especially, is the main reason I retained [my attorney and Cordell & Cordell. [My attorney] is extremely knowledgeable, well-spoken and honest in presenting all legal scenarios to me. I very much value everything she has done for me in the past and continues to do, even to this day. I can think of no greater compliment than to say I have recommended her to others who have gone or are going through similar legal issues. I was so impressed with [my attorney] and Cordell & Cordell the first time around, I retained [my attorney] and the firm again.”

Frequently Asked Belleville Divorce Questions

How long do I have to live in Belleville to file for divorce?

A divorce can be filed in the county where either party resides. There is no specific time period that you must have resided in that county.

However, you or your spouse must have lived in Illinois for at least 90 days before the judgment of dissolution is entered.

Is there a mandatory waiting period in St. Clair County before a divorce can be granted? How long will a divorce take?

There is no mandatory waiting period before a divorce can be granted. How long the divorce will take depends on the complexity of your case, whether it is contested, and the availability of judges.

How can I serve my spouse in St. Clair County? If attempts to serve do not work, can I serve by publication?

When you file your Petition for Dissolution, the Circuit Clerk will issue a Summons. If your spouse lives in the county where the petition is filed, you, or the Circuit Clerk, will give the summons to the sheriff to serve your spouse.

If your spouse does not reside in the county where you are filing, you will need to contact the sheriff in the county where your spouse resides about obtaining service.

If attempts at service do not work, you can serve by publication, which requires court approval. The notice must run in a newspaper that is published in the county where the lawsuit was filed, and the newspaper must be at least a weekly paper.

The Circuit Clerk in the county where you file for divorce will be able to tell you which newspaper to contact for service by publication.

What are the specific forms I will need to file for a divorce in St. Clair County?

You will need to file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and a summons to serve your spouse. The Petition is your formal written request to the court for a divorce.

Where do I file for divorce?

If you or your spouse resides in St. Clair County, you will file at the St. Clair County Courthouse. The courthouse is located at 10 Public Square in Belleville. The Family Division is located on the third floor.

How much are filing fees at the St. Clair County Courthouse?

Filing fee for a new case is $246.

Are there any St. Clair County-Specific laws that are different from how other family law cases around the state are handled?

In St. Clair County, when the petition is filed, your case will be set for a status conference no later than ninety (90) days from the date of filing. The purpose of the status conference is to prevent delay in the disposition of the case by achieving early court intervention.

In addition, the conference is to be utilized to promote settlement, to hear pending motions, to set discovery limits, and to monitor compliance with scheduled court events.  Failure of counsel or pro se parties to appear at the status conference may result in dismissal for want of prosecution or default upon the court’s own motion.

Click the link for St. Clair County divorce rules.