Cordell & Cordell is a partner dads can count on during one of the toughest challenges of their lives. The family law attorneys at our Edwardsville, 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 a 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.
“Laura keeps me update as if I were family. … She’s been excellent. She knows her business, and so far I’ve been satisfied with all the outcomes. I’m very happy.”
“Diana has taken my best interests at heart. She is fighting very hard. … Diana has a personal and professional interest in my rights and fighting this out until the very end. I appreciate that!”
“Rebecca Ripley did everything that she could. I am glad to have had her as my attorney. Even though it was a bad situation, she made me feel comfortable and understood what I was going through. Rebecca was awesome.”
Frequently Asked Edwardsville Divorce Questions
How long do I have to live in Edwardsville 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 Madison 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 Madison 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 Madison 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 Madison County, you will file at the Madison County Courthouse, located at 155 N. Main St. in Edwardsville. The Family Division is located on the first floor.
How much are filing fees at the Madison County Courthouse?
Filing fee for a new case is $219.
Are there any Madison County-Specific laws that are different from how other family law cases around the state are handled?
Click the link for Madison County divorce rules.