Practice Areas


If you are contemplating filing for divorce, or your spouse has filed for divorce, please contact us for a free consultation. We will counsel you on the divorce process and help you prepare for the future. We are committed to making this often diffic… Read More

Divorce Process

In Illinois one must be a resident of Illinois for at least ninety (90) days to meet the jurisdictional requirements of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. The legal process of a divorce begins with filing a petition for dissolutio… Read More


The discovery process is the process where the parties exchange the relevant information to the divorce. The Illinois Supreme Court Rules require full disclosure unless the information is privileged, confidential or if production creates an undue har… Read More

Temporary Orders

From time to time temporary orders may be entered which are intended to resolve issues prior to a final resolution in a divorce case. Temporary orders are limited to a specific time and may include the following: maintenance (alimony), child support,… Read More

Enforcement & Modification

Please be advised that all courts orders entered by a judge must be followed. It is imperative that you read and fully understand all orders entered in your case. The court has considerable discretion to enforce court orders. Read More

Alimony / Spousal Maintenance

The attorneys at The Law Office of J. Patrick Nelson, PC has extensive experience with handling cases involving spousal maintenance. Whether maintenance is granted or denied will depend on the specific facts of each case. Our attorneys understand the… Read More

Child Custody & Visitation

One the most litigated issue in a divorce is child custody. Custody disputes are often lengthy, costly and emotionally difficult. As such, every Illinois county has established an educational program which must be attended by both parents. Read More

Child Support

Support is all about your kids. Just like you, it is our goal to make sure they are taken care off. The Illinois legislature has provide rules and guidelines to ensure that children do not suffer in a divorce and receive sufficient support. At Casey… Read More

Orders of Protection

Domestic violence is a serious matter and requires immediate attention. The purpose of the Illinois Domestic Violence Act is to recognize that domestic violence is a serious matter which provides family disharmony, promotes a pattern of escalating vi… Read More

Property Division

A central emphasis of The Law Office of J. Patrick Nelson, PC is in our dealing with high asset, complex divorce matters. This is the most cumbersome and difficult area of divorce to navigate — and the reason our clients refer others to our attorne… Read More

Criminal Defense

We fully understand that when the government charges you with the commission of a crime it can be a frightening, frustrating, and overwhelming feeling. A jury is the great equalizer, and this is most true in criminal cases. It is our belief that ever… Read More

Domestic Violence

At Casey Nelson LLP, we offer a different philosophy in defending domestic violence cases. Our criminal defense attorneys, alongside our family law attorneys, understand that cases involving Domestic Battery, Aggravated Domestic Battery, Assault, Unl… Read More

Drug Crimes

The disproportionate penalties that result from convictions for drug crimes in Illinois can be devastating. A lapse of judgement or desperation can send a person down the dark spiral of the criminal justice system. Add to that the frequent addiction… Read More

DUI / Traffic

You are not alone if you have been charged with a DUI. Many people from every walk of life are arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence / Driving While Intoxicated every day. What you do next, however, is what will distinguish you from t… Read More


Chances are that if you have been charged with a felony, you are experience one of the worst moments of your life. At Casey Nelson LLP, we understand and are sympathetic to your situation. A felony conviction puts your future and your freedom in jeop… Read More


The Criminal Justice System can be terrifying for even the most savvy and experienced adult—imagine what it is like for a thirteen year old and his parents. Juvenile clients need special consideration from their legal counsel. Despite the reality t… Read More

Murder / Homicide

For obvious reasons a charge of First Degree Murder is the most serious of all crimes in Illinois. The penalty for First Degree Murder is a minimum of 20 years in prison — and that is only if no weapon was used. To compound the seriousness, a perso… Read More

Probation Violations

Probation violations are an offense within an offense. Once you plead guilty, or are found guilty after a trial, you receive a sentence. That sentence could include, among other things, a period of probation, conditional discharge or court supervisio… Read More

Sex Crimes

One of the most devastating offenses a person can be charge with is a sex crime. The list of violations is long, including: Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault and Abuse; Solicitation of a Minor; Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault — just to name a fe… Read More