At Solutions First, our family law attorneys in Chicago believe that when you are going through a divorce or breakup in Illinois, you deserve CHOICES. In order to help you arrive at the right choices, we listen, and then we act. We not only act in our clients’ best interests, we do so in the most effective manner. When the situation merits, our divorce lawyers in Chicago, IL will use aggressive litigation tactics in the courtroom. When a collaborative or cooperative approach is feasible and will produce better and more economical results, our Chicago divorce mediation experts will provide contracted proposals and mediated/negotiated services. And when a situation is best advanced by a combination of approaches, our family law attorney in Chicago will determine the appropriate blend of services.


Solutions First offers legal counsel in the following areas:

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  • Pre-Divorce Planning
  • Divorce Litigation and Mediation
  • Post-Divorce Litigation and Mediation
  • Maintenance (formerly alimony)
  • Child Support
  • Child Custody
  • Visitation Schedules
  • Parenting Agreements
  • Paternity
  • Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
  • Legal Separation
  • Orders of Protection/Domestic Violence Situations
  • Same Gender Litigation and Mediation



When parties are in agreement with regard to the terms of the divorce, an uncontested divorce may be sought. Though such a spirit of agreement will expedite the process, save money, and probably save a great deal of grief, an Illinois divorce lawyer or divorce mediation professional will still be needed to help facilitate the appropriate paperwork, filings, and courtroom appearances, as well as ensure that your best interests are being served.



slide-3When the parties are in disagreement, a divorce attorney in Illinois will provide the representation needed to negotiate or litigate until a divorce agreement is achieved. Contested divorces often are difficult due to disagreement with regard to splitting marital assets, including the home, as well as arriving at child support, child custody, and visitation agreements. Even when you are making every effort to be agreeable, it’s important to have a Chicago family lawyer who will serve as your advocate and protector, ensuring that you’re not willing to give in to unreasonable demands in order to “get it over with” or unwittingly fall victim to tactics the other side may use that you would be ill-prepared for without representation.



  • Division of property, including the home and other real estate, income from pensions, stocks, and jointly owned business. Joint debts must be divided, as well.
  • Spousal support, maintenance, also known as alimony
  • Child-related issues, including child support, custody, and visitation


Common Chicago Divorce Myths:

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    Will I have to be separated from my spouse for 6 months or 2 years.

    Though there are legal separation periods required for Illinois divorces, many people misunderstand them. If a divorce is based on reasons other than irreconcilable differences (e.g., infidelity or cruelty), there usually is no required separation period. The separation period applies to the time by which the divorce is ENDED, not begun. Additionally, even if you are living in the same home together, you may be legally separated. The bottom line is that the separation period should not be the reason for delay.
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    Will I have to time the divorce perfectly

    There is no such thing. Preparation is what makes the timing right. A Solutions First Chicago divorce attorney will help you with pre-filing considerations and will help you prepare for the ups and downs of the Illinois divorce process.
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    I have to pay for wrongdoing

    Illinois is a no fault state, which means that Illinois divorce laws do not reward or punish good or bad behavior in a marriage. There are some behaviors that have financial or custody linked consequences, which your Chicago divorce attorney should be made aware of, but the justification for the consequences has nothing to do with fault.
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    Will I will win/lose my divorce case.

    The truth is that divorce is not as simple as winning or losing; Chicago divorce judges have great discretion. The difference in a divorce case’s outcome has more to do with realistic expectations and the legal strategy employed by your Chicago divorce lawyer than with right and wrong or win and lose.
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    Will I’ll have to sell my house.

    Often times, the major marital asset in a marriage is the home, but there is no “rule” that the house must be sold as part of the divorce process. Chicago divorce attorneys help work out solutions for the division of this property on a frequent basis. For instance, if one party wants to keep the house and can buy the other spouse out, refinancing options can be explored. Additionally, other funds can sometimes be used as an exchange for the privilege of keeping the house.


Contact Us!

When you need a Chicago divorce attorney who will really listen, call 312.386.1467 to reach Solutions First. We listen before we recommend action with regard to your family’s needs during a divorce. You may also email to contact a Chicago family attorney who is ready to help you explore your choices.

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