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Cordell & Cordell’s Chicago office is located in Warrenville and can handle family law cases in Warrenville, Naperville, Chicago, and surrounding areas. A Cordell & Cordell Chicago divorce attorney is ready to help you outline your divorce and child custody goals, prepare you for any legal proceedings, and keep you informed on your case proceedings.

Our attorneys understand that you are facing one of the most difficult processes in your life. Our professionals are here to help ease the financial and emotional pain you will face, by helping you understand the family court system and keeping you fully aware of the activity going on in your divorce case.

Our focus on men’s divorce and family law allows us to better understand the struggles you will face along the way and position you with the chance to achieve the best possible outcome.

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Frequently Asked Chicago Divorce Questions

How long do I have to live in Chicago 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 Cook 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 Cook 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 Chicago Divorce?

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 in Chicago Area?

If you or your spouse resides in Cook County, you may file your petition at the Richard J. Daley Center located at 50 West Washington in Chicago.

You may also file at one of the suburban court houses, listed below, if at least one of the parties resides within the geographical boundaries of the respective suburban district.

Second Municipal District Circuit Court of Cook County
5600 Old Orchard Road
Skokie, IL 60077

Third Municipal District Circuit Court of Cook County
2121 Euclid
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

Fourth Municipal District Circuit Court of Cook County
1500 Maybrook Drive
Maywood, IL 60153

Fifth Municipal District Circuit Court of Cook County
10220 South 76th Avenue
Bridgeview, IL 60455

Sixth Municipal District Circuit Court of Cook County
16501 South Kedzie Parkway
Markham, IL 60428

How much are filing fees at the Richard J. Daley Center?

Filing fee for a new case is $329.

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

Click the link for Cook County divorce rules.