Fathers' Rights

Chicago

Cordell & Cordell is a partner dads can count on during one of the toughest challenges of their lives. The family law attorneys at our Chicago, Illinois, office are dedicated to helping men with any divorce issue, including property division, alimony, child support and child custody.

Our mission is to give men the legal support they and their children deserve both in and out of the courtroom.

Divorce Attorneys Dedicated to Helping Men

Divorce takes an emotional toll on everyone, no matter how tough you are. The decisions you make during this time will have an enormous impact on you financially for the rest of your life.

More importantly, your level of involvement in your children’s lives can also be affected. Our attorneys take the time to listen to your concerns and work diligently to champion your rights and the rights of your children in family court.

We know how critical this transition is and promise to walk you through each step of the process while doing everything possible to protect what’s most important to you.

Advocates For Dad’s Rights and Fathers’ Rights

Since 1990, Cordell & Cordell has fought against numerous stereotypes that men and fathers face in the family court system. Our firm’s focus on men’s divorce gives our attorneys a unique understanding of the challenges men face in an Illinois family law courtroom.

Despite battling a system that seems predisposed against them, Cordell & Cordell has risen to establish ourselves as a partner men can count on.

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

Client Testimonials

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“[My attorney] is awesome. She’s knowledgeable and gives great information. … I am thrilled to have her as my representation.”

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“Melinda is … a go-getter, spunky, and really knows her stuff. … She throws out a lot of options and gives me the choice. I’ve used Melinda a few times now and really enjoy working with her. I’ve referred many  people to Melinda!”

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“… From the first time I walked into your office I’ve been amazed at the level of customer service, how responsive everyone has been, and really just how consistent, straightforward and forthcoming they’ve been so far.  I can’t say enough about how pleased I’ve been.  Two weeks after I retained there was an article in a magazine about Cordell, and with everything I read I couldn’t agree more.”

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.