Illinois Divorce

DuPage County Attorneys Offering a Sophisticated Divorce Practice with Personalized Support

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 difficult process easier by developing an effective and efficient path toward reaching a resolution. As experienced litigators with combined experience of over 20 years, we have experience handling the following family law cases: child custody, visitation, child support, maintenance / alimony, property division, qualified domestic relations orders, orders of protection, order modification and enforcement, and child abuse and neglect.

The process of divorce is often filled with anxiety, grief and a sense of loss. A divorce is an important event in your life which will impact you financially and emotionally. We believe representing clients is a great responsibility and privilege. We take a personal approach to each client and to each case; you will have direct and personal contact with the attorney handling your case.

Based in DuPage County, Illinois, we commonly work with clients throughout Chicago's western suburbs in communities including Naperville, Wheaton and Aurora. We welcome you to learn more about our divorce practice below — or contact The Law Office of J. Patrick Nelson, PC for a confidential consultation.

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