Divorce can cause tremendous stress and emotional pain for everyone involved. At The Law Offices of Catherine M. Byrne, we have decades of experience helping divorcing spouses overcome a range of sensitive family law issues. We explain the law and your options in a simplified manner so that you can focus on rebuilding your life. Whether you need help with a property division issue, custody dispute, or maintenance disagreement, our firm will provide you with competent and sympathetic counsel.
To file for divorce in Illinois, you must satisfy the 90-day residency requirement. This means that either you or your spouse must have lived in the state for at least three months.
Since Illinois is a no-fault divorce state, you may file for a dissolution based on “irreconcilable differences” if you’ve lived apart from your spouse for two years or more. The time apart is reduced to six months if you and your spouse agree to such an arrangement in writing. Our firm can quickly determine if you satisfy the residency requirement and assist you in filing the necessary court documents to initiate your divorce. We can also represent your best interests in these related issues:
If you and your spouse agree on most issues, our firm can assist in mediating your divorce. The mediation process, which is often less time-consuming and less expensive than divorce litigation, can be helpful for families seeking to resolve spousal support, custody, and property division issues in a less formal and unbiased atmosphere.
At our firm, we focus on preserving your child’s well-being as well as your parental rights when representing you in the following family law matters:
Our firm is devoted to representing Chicago-area clients in divorce and other domestic law matters. We carefully review your case and develop a strategic plan for achieving your goals and protecting your loved ones.
The Law Offices of Catherine M. Byrne offers compassionate family law counsel to Illinois residents. Please call 312-637-5356 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with an attorney at our Chicago office.