Family Law

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The 5 Typical Phases of Illinois Divorce Proceedings

1. Petition

One party to the marriage begins the legal process for the dissolution of marriage by filing a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The person filing the case is referred to as the "Petitioner." The other spouse is referred to as the "Respondent."

Once the petition is filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court of the appropriate County, the Petition and a Summons will be served upon the respondent by a sheriff or a private process server.

2. The Response

Who gets the pets in a divorce?

Among the many issues one must deal with in getting divorced, one of the most emotional issues is often which spouse will get the family cat or dog.  The simple answer is that the law treats pets as personal property and not as humans.  If the pet was acquired before the marriage, the spouse who acquired it will be awarded the animal in the divorce.

Grandparent visitation easier to obtain under new Illinois law

Illinois legislation scheduled to take effect January 1, 2019 will make it easier for grandparents to obtain court ordered visitation of grandchildren of unmarried parents who do not reside together.  In the past, a grandparent needed to first establish parentage of the child before seeking visitation.  Under the new law, a grandparent need only establish that the parent to whom they are related is a parent of the child sought to be visited.

Save time, money and stress by using our law firm to mediate a resolution of your divorce case

Mediation is a way for you and your ex-spouse to work out the terms of the divorce with minimal or no decisions made by a judge. It puts the decision-making and terms in the hands of you and your former partner. Many issues can be resolved through mediation, including:

Why You Should Hire a Divorce Attorney for Your Case

The prospect of a divorce can obviously be intimidating. Many people worry about money and will attempt to navigate the process themselves without the aid of an attorney.

The reality, however, is that when it comes to divorce, matters are complicated. You need skilled legal representation to help you deal with the difficulties inherent in divorce proceedings and to make sure your best interests are protected.

Choosing an Attorney for your Child Support Case

Family law is complicated and the inter-personal dynamics involve call for a lawyer with a specialized skill set. At The Law Offices of Thaddeus M. Bond Jr. & Associates, our family law attorneys have these skill sets. We’re confident that the consideration of a few key factors will lead you to our offices and attorneys.


The first and most important feature to look for when considering family law attorneys in Illinois is experience.  Our two attorneys have over 50 years combined experience practicing in the Lake County, Illinois court system


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