Divorces are divorces, or are they?

November 9, 2020

Divorce law in Illinois might seem uniform on the surface, but the reality is far more nuanced. Each county has its own unique procedures, rules, and even legal jargon. What works in Cook County might get you laughed out of court in Madison County! A required form from St. Clair County filed in a Sangamon County case will get you laughed at.  Divorce in Illinois differs from county to county.

My Journey Through 40 Counties


Over my 18+ years as a family lawyer, I’ve practiced in over 40 of the 102 counties across Illinois. I’ve learned firsthand how vastly different the divorce process can be from one courthouse to the next. From filing procedures to courtroom etiquette, even the language used in legal documents can vary significantly.

In my early years, I spent countless hours driving across the state, chasing court appearances and trying to keep up with the idiosyncrasies of each county’s practices. It was exhausting and, frankly, not the best use of my time or my clients’ resources.

Finding My Focus: The Metro East


Eventually, I made the decision to focus my practice on the Metro East area, including St. Clair, Madison, Jersey, Macoupin, Bond, Clinton, Washington, and Monroe Counties. This allows me to:

  • Deeply understand local practices: I’m intimately familiar with the judges, court personnel, and procedures in these counties, ensuring a smoother and more efficient process for my clients.
  • Provide tailored advice: I know the specific requirements and expectations of each local court, so I can offer personalized guidance that maximizes your chances of a successful outcome.
  • Build strong relationships: My established connections with local professionals can be invaluable when navigating complex divorce issues.

Why You Need a Local Attorney

Choosing an Illinois divorce attorney isn’t just about finding someone knowledgeable about the law. It’s about finding someone who knows the ins and outs of your local court system. An attorney who practices statewide might not be as familiar with the specific nuances and procedures that could impact your case.

I Can Help, or I Can Find Someone Who Can

If you’re seeking a divorce in the Metro East area, I’m here to help you navigate the process with expertise and compassion. If your case is outside my area of focus, I can refer you to trusted colleagues who practice in your county and can provide the local knowledge you need.


This post is for general information purposes. Hire an attorney who can provide specific advice for your individual case