Family Law

Serving Waukegan, Libertyville, Lake County, Gurnee & nearby areas of Illinois

The Civil Courts Are Open Again For Business

The Lake County, IL civil courts reopened for business this week.  All hearings are taking place via Zoom.  Bench trials will be allowed but jury trials will not take place until at least some time in the fall.

We are doing everything we can to get our current caseload moving forward.  Because the courts were shut down for over two months, there is a backload of cases and the judge's time is in high demand.  We keep up to date with all of the current court rules and procedures so we can make sure your case gets completed in the most efficient manner possible.

How Child Custody Laws Work in Illinois

In Illinois, what used to be called child custody is now called parenting responsibilities. The state made this change in 2016 to better reflect that what is in the best interests of the child in allocating parenting responsibilities, not necessarily awarding one parent custody and one parent visitation hours.

Custody issues may be arranged one of two ways:

How an Alimony Attorney Can Help You

Alimony is called spousal maintenance in Illinois and can be one of the most contentious and emotional aspects of divorce. Payments are decided based on statutory guidelines as well as the judge's discretion.  These payments may be indefinite, temporary for the duration of the divorce, or for a specific amount of time to allow the ex-spouse to gain employment.  Maintenance may be ordered for men as well as for women; the law does not differ by gender. It's also important to note that maintenance is not a part of every divorce; it does not have to be ordered.

How to Choose a Family Law Attorney

Courts are an adversarial system.  Your family lawyer is on your side. They are fighting for the best outcome for you. So how do you choose the one that is best for you? Consider the following factors.


Experience in family law matters.  Our divorce lawyer, June Peterson-Gleason, has been practicing in Lake County, IL for 30 years.  She is known and respected by judges and other attorneys.  She is intimately familiar with the laws, regulations and formulas applied in divorce proceedings, custody cases, and support and maintenance matters. 

We Now Offer Virtual Mediation

Mediation is a collaborative process where the parties to a legal dispute try, with the assistance of a trained mediator, to reach agreement on some or all of the issues in their case.  We now offer virtual mediation services for those in involved in divorce, child custody, child support, alimony and other family law disputes.  Simply log in to our website,, fill out a questionnaire form and contact our office to schedule a mediation session via Skyp

5 Typical Phases of Divorce Proceedings

Divorce proceedings in Illinois typically follow this pattern:

1. Petition Filed

One party to the marriage may begin the legal process for the dissolution of marriage by filing a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The Petition and a Summons will be served upon the other spouse.

2. A Response is Filed

Once served with a summons, you have 30 days to file an appearance and written response. If you don’t, the court can hold you in default and grant your spouse relief without your participation in the proceedings.

Experience Matters

Here at the Law Offices of Thaddeus M. Bond, Jr. & Associates, P.C., our two attorneys have nearly 60 years combined experience practicing in Lake County, IL.  Our title insurance officer and escrow closer has over 30 years experience as well.  How does this help our clients?


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