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.
James Goldberg And Associates

James Goldberg And Associates

Offers online services
36 hires on Thervo
24+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Valeria M. says, "Very knowledgeable, very helpful, and patient., caring person/lawyer! Would recommend him without a doubt. " Read more
Reno R. Renzetti / NORDINI & THOMPSON

Reno R. Renzetti / NORDINI & THOMPSON

12 hires on Thervo
23+ 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.
Affordable Law  And Tax Offices

Affordable Law And Tax Offices

Offers online services
33 hires on Thervo
6+ 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
Alice L Wilson & Associates

Alice L Wilson & Associates

New on Thervo
Offers online services
3 hires on Thervo
30+ 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.

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 $650 an hour or $10,000 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.
Pat P.
Still working on our case. Very much like everything so far.
James Goldberg and Associates
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
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
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