DuPage County Divorce Lawyer
Compassionate Family Law Attorney Serving Chicagoland
When you are facing a life-changing family law issue such as divorce, you need an experienced attorney with the compassion and understanding to effectively represent you during this difficult time. For over 30 years, Michael V. LoCicero, Attorney at Law has been providing divorce and family law representation to clients in Cook County, DuPage County, and throughout the Chicago area. Our DuPage County divorce attorney understands the delicate issues divorcing spouses face, and he is committed to helping his clients obtain a favorable resolution for their case.
Types of Divorce in Illinois
Uncontested Divorces: Contrary to initial belief, not all marriages last forever. Sometimes, parties just grow apart over the years. When a marriage reaches that point when there are “irreconcilable differences,” couples often decide that divorce is the best and only course of action. However, not all divorces occur as a result of a knock-down, drag-out fight. Sometimes the parties resign themselves to the inevitability of the divorce and are able to rationally resolve all issues by agreement. We can assist by advising you and help craft an agreement to resolve those issues, thereby getting you a fair resolution at minimal cost.
Contested Divorces: In the event your divorce is or turns into a knock-down, drag-out divorce, we can fight on your behalf to get you the best result possible. We will help you understand and deal with the emotional distress; stress about finances, worries about children, and future uncertainties that you will encounter during the proceedings.
Attorney LoCicero also represents clients for a wide range of family law matters, including:
- Child Custody and Support: The court determines (according to the best interest of the child) who receives custody of the child and how much support must be provided by the non-custodial parent, per statutory guidelines.
- Alimony/Maintenance: A court may decide that one of the spouses is entitled to alimony, also known as maintenance or spousal support. This determination is based primarily on financial factors.
- Paternity/Parentage: Issues surrounding the legal paternity of a father and his child and accompanying responsibilities such as child support.
- Prenuptial Agreements: A written agreement made prior to marriage that determines the division of property upon dissolution of the marriage.
- Property Division: During a divorce proceeding, one of the major issues is how the couple’s joint property will be divided.
- Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs): A QDRO is a court directive that alters the ownership of a retirement or pension plan to give a portion of it to the spouse following a divorce.
- Child Visitation: How often (and when) the non-custodial parent is allowed to visit the child.
- Orders of Protection: Under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, orders of protection can be used to protect abused individuals--usually within a family or household.
- Legal Separations: For some couples, this can be used as a simpler alternative to a divorce. As long as neither spouse plans on remarrying, a legal separation might be a viable option.
Limited Scope Representation in Illinois
For those with limited resources that still need legal representation, we offer an affordable alternative called Limited Scope Representation (or "unbundled legal services"). Adopted by the Illinois Supreme Court in 2010 and amended in June 2013, this arrangement allows attorneys to represent clients on a limited basis for more simplified cases such as simple (uncontested) divorces, child support, child custody hearings and other issues that may require the attorney to make limited court appearances on the client’s behalf.
Whether you need full service or limited scope legal representation for a family-related matter in Illinois, contact Michael V. LoCicero today at 630-932-7007 for a free consultation. Our DuPage County divorce attorney will provide a free assessment of your case and help you decide the best course of action to protect your interests. Michael represents clients for divorce and family law issues in Cook County and DuPage County; including Chicago and its surrounding suburbs, such as Elmhurst, Villa Park, Lombard, Bensenville, Itasca, Oak Brook, Hillside, Westchester, Willowbrook, Bridgeview, Glen Ellyn, and other surrounding Illinois communities.