A Trial-Tested Family Law Firm with 25+ Years of Combined Experience
A family lawyer deals with legal issues such as divorce, child custody, child support, parentage, and prenuptial agreements. Our family lawyers at The Law Offices of Andrew Nickel have experience in every category of family law matters, and it would be an honor to be your advocate. We’re a family-run firm of local lawyers who will never hesitate to pick up our client’s phone calls. We’re there throughout the entire process to make sure that your divorce, custody arrangement, or other family law issue is handled to your satisfaction.
A unique advantage that our family law firm can provide is aggressive litigation. We are trial attorneys who have been tested in the courtroom and know how to get results for our clients. After years of public service as prosecutors, Attorneys Hope and Andrew Nickel now use that wisdom and experience for the benefit of our clients.
“My experience with both Atty Andrew Nickels and his staff was absolutely amazing. Great integrity. Genuine. If you need them please call them.”- Suzanne K.
“Quick with responses, thorough, kind, and professional- this goes for the paralegals as well!”- Marcus A.
“They go to any lengths to make sure your rights are protected and your integrity is upheld. Strongly recommend!”- Sean B.
To file for divorce in Illinois, either spouse must have resided in the state for at least 90 days before filing, and the case must be filed in the circuit court of the county where at least one party resides. A divorce petition must also cite a ground, or reason, for divorce, such as abandonment or cruelty.
Note that Illinois offers two kinds of divorce – uncontested and contested (traditional) divorce. Spouses who mutually agree to separate may pursue uncontested divorce. In an uncontested case, spouses have full control over the terms of their divorce. Both parties should reach an agreement on all the divorce disputes, including:
- dividing marital property;
- dividing responsibility for marital debts;
- child custody and visitation schedule;
- child support and medical insurance coverage for minor children, if any;
- spousal maintenance (also called "alimony"); and
- any other marital dispute.
Once spouses reach a final agreement, the agreement will go to the court for review and approval. If spouses cannot agree on all or any terms of their divorce, they will have a contested divorce on their hands, which must proceed to litigation to settle the remaining issues. There is no waiting period for uncontested divorce as long as the spouses meet the residency requirement, while contested divorces can take months, depending on how complex the case is. An experienced attorney can better guide you through your divorce, from filling out the initial petition to negotiating or litigating a settlement.