Find a divorce lawyer in Chicago, IL

Find divorce lawyers in Chicago, IL

Find divorce lawyers in Chicago, IL

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Top 10 divorce lawyers in Chicago, IL

Clients agree: these Chicago divorce lawyers are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Singewald Law Firm

Singewald Law Firm

New on Thervo
9+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Personalized service. Compassionate, understanding. Helping my clients through very diffcult times.
Dennis Delman

Dennis Delman

5.0(1)
Offers online services
1 hire on Thervo
44+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Carlos S. says, "Best lawyer ever have." Read more
Reno R. Renzetti / NORDINI & THOMPSON

Reno R. Renzetti / NORDINI & THOMPSON

5.0Exceptional(9)
13 hires on Thervo
24+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
We offer great customer service and lower retainers than other divorce attorneys. We also only practice in this field of law, so our workdays are disrupted by other areas of the law. Our practice also takes on divorce and custody cases in various Illinois Counties, including but not limited to: DuPage, Will, Cook, Kendall, and Kane counties.
Alice L Wilson & Associates

Alice L Wilson & Associates

New on Thervo
Offers online services
3 hires on Thervo
31+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
I have been a practicing attorney for more than 20 years in the Chicago general area. I value my clients and put them first. I have a great number of clients returning to me for future service, because they trust me as an attorney and know I do good work. In addition to being a lawyer I am a licensed real estate broker.
Law Firm Of Martin Osinski, LLC

Law Firm Of Martin Osinski, LLC

5.0(2)
22+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Charles R. says, "Marty helped me find direction to some solutions to difficult divorce problems. Rock solid." Read more
Beermann LLP

Beermann LLP

5.0(2)
3 hires on Thervo
Serves Chicago, IL
Per Magnus ". says, "She is competent, direct, and works with a team of skilled people who keep me connected with my case. I would recommend Kathy and Beermann LLP to anybody in my situation. (Except anybody who wish to take me to court.)" Read more
Affordable Law  And Tax Offices

Affordable Law And Tax Offices

5.0(3)
Offers online services
33 hires on Thervo
7+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Troy S. says, "He acted very fast got right on my case to resolve my current situation " Read more
LegalShield

LegalShield

4.7(3)
Offers online services
52+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Trudie M. says, "Open,honest and up front. " Read more
Law Offices Of Garry A. Payton

Law Offices Of Garry A. Payton

New on Thervo
30+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Thirty years of experience in both Federal and State Criminal Defense and Civil Litigation. Representing clients Nationwide in Federal Court and Illinois State Courts. I enjoy helping people solve problems and negotiating the best results on my client's behalf.
Venis And Copp LLP

Venis And Copp LLP

5.0(2)
12+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Wendy D. says, "Mr. Venis clearly answered all of my questions regarding setting up a medical Power of Attorney. He promptly sent me the required paperwork with instructions for how to make any necessary adjustments. I found the rate extremely fair. I will definitely use the firm going forward if needed." Read more

Your Divorce Attorney questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thervo.

How much does a divorce lawyer cost?

The average cost of a divorce lawyer is $100 to $400 an hour or $7,000 to $15,000 total. The price of a divorce lawyer varies by location, whether the divorce is contested, and if there are any custody disputes.

You will probably pay a retainer fee, or an upfront amount paid before any legal work begins. A retainer is based on the lawyer's hourly rate and acts as a down payment that covers the costs of future hours. Many divorce lawyers apply the retainer to the total bill. The size of the retainer depends on the issues discussed during a free consultation:

  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Alimony or spousal support
  • The division of property
  • The division of debts

Can you get a divorce without a lawyer?

A divorce lawyer helps file paperwork and negotiate the division of assets and custody during a divorce. If you can mediate every issue outside court, a divorce can cost a lot less than average and will be over sooner. If the divorce is amicable and you have no major assets or debts, you may be able to file the paperwork on your own. Just be aware that it is a time-consuming and frustrating process and may be delayed further if there are any mistakes in the paperwork.

Should I get a divorce lawyer?

You should hire a divorce attorney if your case is complicated or there is little chance of arranging terms without outside mediation. Common reasons for hiring a divorce lawyer include:

  • Child custody disputes
  • Child support disputes
  • Excessive debts
  • Significant assets (e.g., cash, car, or house)

Do divorce lawyers work on contingency?

Divorce lawyers do not typically work on contingency, which means receiving a percentage of a settlement only if they win the case. Instead, divorce lawyers commonly charge per hour or work on retainer. Discuss fees and payment options with your lawyer before any casework begins.

Who pays for a divorce lawyer?

Both parties usually hire different divorce lawyers. This way, both parties are equally and objectively represented by someone who will advocate for them. Each party is responsible for the cost of their own representation.

How do I choose a divorce lawyer?

Start by searching our list of divorce lawyers, then:

  • Get 3+ estimates from different firms to compare.
  • Read reviews about previous cases on Thervo and Google.
  • Choose a lawyer with a good reputation and experience.
  • Verify that they passed the bar and are able to represent you.
  • Get a written estimate and contract before any casework begins.
  • Follow a payment plan instead of making large payments up front.

What questions should I ask a divorce lawyer?

When looking for a divorce lawyer near you, consider asking the following questions:

  • How long have you been practicing law?
  • When did you pass the bar?
  • Do you give free consultations?
  • Are you able to take on new clients at this time?
  • What are your rates? Do you charge by the hour, or do you work on contingency?
  • Will you give me a contract in writing?

Reviews for Chicago divorce lawyers

Recent success stories from people in the Chicago area.
Mia K.
I was shocked that Mr. Renzetti is the owner of the firm - he was so approachable and responsive ! I hired him on a referral from my sister - Reno handled my case like he was advising a family member - plus I noticed that opposing council and the judge really respected him. Mr. Renzetti only practices Family Law so he is literally an expert! I had no idea where to turn- start or expect when I was served with divorce papers but the staff and Mr. Renzetti were AMAZING and made me feel heard and informed - I am about to finalize my case and am no longer fearing my life post divorce. I am glad my sister referred me to him and I’ve already referred him to several friends in need- you can’t go wrong having Mr. Renzetti representing you!
Reno R. Renzetti / NORDINI & THOMPSON
Jane H.
Martin is transparent, direct and goal focused.i appreciate is candor and quick responsiveness. I feel as though I’m in good hands.
Law Firm of Martin Osinski, LLC
Per Magnus ".
I’m very early in my case, but Ms. Mickelson is proving herself a consummate professional. She is also personable, grounded, and easy to speak with.
Beermann LLP
Zinanita M. T.
I feel Robert Malloy is on top of his game. He is responsive to any questions very straight and to the point which is appreciated. He is conscious of my money and my needs regarding my divorce.
Affordable Law and Tax Offices
Sharae H.
I love how efficient, effective and easy everything is
LegalShield
Jonathan M.
Thorough, attentive and personalized care. Very happy with the work that Frank Venis and the law firm have done for me.
Venis and Copp LLP
MS
Mark Basile is perhaps the best trial lawyer in Chicago. I've used Basile Law Firm to handle four lawsuits over the years, and they've won all four. Highly recommend!
Basile Law Firm
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