Hanover Park

Family Law Attorneys Serving the Hanover Park Area

Hanover Park is one of a handful of villages that are located in both Cook and DuPage Counties. Hanover Park is home to almost 40,000 people and is one of the most diverse suburbs in the greater Chicago area. There are more than 11,000 households in Hanover Park, and over 64 percent of those households are made up of married couples. Hanover Park refers to itself as "America's Global Village," but as in villages across the country, residents may encounter family law issues, including deciding whether to end their marriage. If you wish to pursue a divorce or need an attorney's help in dealing with another family law issue, you should speak with a trustworthy attorney as soon as possible. At Kollias & Giese, P.C., our Hanover Park divorce lawyers are mindful of the sensitive nature of family law matters and will help you pursue your desired outcome in an assertive but professional manner.

How to Institute Divorce Proceedings

Under Illinois law, there are specific residency requirements that must be met to file a petition for dissolution of marriage, which is the name that Illinois uses for a divorce complaint. First, either the person who files the petition or the person's spouse must reside in the state for 90 days prior to the filing of the petition. Furthermore, Illinois law requires that the petition must be filed in the county in which either party lives. The petition must then be served on the opposing party in the manner set forth under Illinois law. If you live in Hanover Park and wish to end your marriage, it is essential to retain an experienced family law attorney who is mindful of the proper procedures for filing a petition for dissolution of marriage.

Petition for Dissolution of Marriage

In Illinois, a party wishing to end his or her marriage via a divorce must file a petition for dissolution of marriage. The party who files the petition is known as the plaintiff, while the responding spouse is known as the defendant. A divorce attorney in the Hanover Park area can assist you with completing this petition carefully. The petition must set forth information regarding each spouse, such as their age, address, and occupation, and it must include information regarding the marriage itself, such as when and where the parties were married, whether there were any children born of the marriage, and whether the parties entered into any agreements regarding spousal maintenance, or support.

While Illinois used to allow for fault-based divorces, recent changes in the law have made Illinois a "no fault" state. In other words, in a petition for dissolution of marriage, the plaintiff does not need to assign blame for the breakdown of the marriage to his or her spouse's inappropriate behavior. Instead, the petition must merely allege that irreconcilable differences have caused the marriage to break down irretrievably and that it is not in the parties' best interests to reconcile. If the parties have lived separate and apart for six months prior to the entry of the divorce decree, it is irrefutably presumed that there has been an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. If you wish to end your marriage, you should speak with a skilled Hanover Park divorce attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options. A no fault divorce system enables parties to end their marriage as amicably as possible and often helps avoid protracted litigation.

Consult a Knowledgeable Family Law Attorney

In any community with many families, family law issues often will arise. If you are weighing whether to seek a divorce or grappling with another family law issue, such as child support or parental responsibilities, you should speak with a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options. The attorneys at Kollias & Giese, P.C. will work diligently to help you embark on the process of ending your marriage in a smooth, efficient manner. We assist parties in family law matters in many areas of DuPage and Cook Counties. Our firm offers a free consultation at which you can explain the details of your case. We can be reached at 630-407-1200 or through the online form to schedule a meeting with a divorce lawyer in Hanover Park.

Client Reviews
Dan's expert handling of my divorce case was beyond my expectations. He takes control, documents your facts and summarizes options for you throughout the process. You will always get a timely response by email or phone. He will not forget the facts in your case or be uprepared for milestones along the way. He will advise on important matters but act per your direction. Finally, he will maintain a positive and professional communication with all parties involved. Jacquelyn
Lisa has been my lawyer for the past 4 years for various court precedings and has been awesome. She always knew what was going on with my case and always took the time to ask what I wanted the end result to be. She’s tough and not scared to speak her mind in a courtroom in order to fight for her client. Lisa also always worked with me financially in order to work around what I could afford. I would 10/10 recommend her to anyone and would hire her again if needed. Cali
Ms. Defino did an absolutely amazing job working with me on my case. She was very, very prepared, was excellent in responding to calls, emails and messages, understood the law and worked with with partners of her firm if there were areas that we needed advice and other opinions on. Jessica was a very comfortable to work with, super personal and got all of my needs and wants out of my divorce case. I would highly recommend working with Ms. Defino. Matt
I was represented better than I could have ever imagined. My needs were put first and was treated as a friend rather than a number. My opinions were valued and my doubts were always reassured. My nerves were calmed and the process was always explained. Jane Nagle fought hard for me. she went above and beyond and did everything she could to ensure a great outcome. I couldn't have asked for a better attorney and her firm. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Marcia