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Divorce Attorney in La Grange, Illinois


Sometimes, despite your best efforts to save your marriage, divorce becomes imminent. If you decide to separate or divorce your spouse, you need an experienced family law attorney by your side. At the Law Offices of James M. Chesloe in La Grange, Illinois, you will get personalized service and a knowledgeable legal advocate to help you navigate a new chapter in your life.

James M. Chesloe has more than 34 years of experience with helping clients through legal struggles. He has a strong reputation for serving clients across Cook, DuPage and Will counties with honesty, tenacity and equity. He will work with all parties to make the process easy to understand and seek the best possible outcome for your case.

Helping Clients Understand Divorce

In Illinois, a divorce is also known as Dissolution of Marriage. The State allows fault or no-fault divorces. A fault divorce may have several grounds such as:

  • Adultery
  • Abandonment
  • Criminal Activity
  • Drug Use
  • Physical/Mental Abuse

A no-fault divorce may be sought for what are known as irreconcilable differences. This means that neither spouse is at fault, but there are differences that exist in the relationship that cannot be resolved. To obtain a no-fault divorce, a couple must live separately for two or more years, but there are exceptions to the time requirements. James M. Chesloe will help you sort out where you stand and what options are available to you.

Explaining Common Divorce Terms

Some common terms related to divorce are:

  • Legal Separation
  • Contested Divorce
  • Uncontested Divorce

What is a legal separation?

James M. Chesloe is able to advise clients in La Grange, Illinois on the proper way to handle filing for divorce and can answer any questions about legal separation and divorce proceedings. A legal separation is different from a physical separation in that it requires papers to be filed in a court of law. With a legal separation, the couple remains legally married, so they are not free to pursue another marriage relationship. A physical separation simply means that the couple no longer shares the same physical address.

What is the difference between a contested and uncontested divorce?

The type of divorce sought is based on the circumstances of each couple. In a contested divorce, there is at least one issue that parties cannot agree on. Such issues may be related to the division of property, child custody and visitation, and child and spousal support.

In uncontested divorces, spouses are in complete agreement about every aspect of the divorce. An uncontested divorce is available for couples that do not have children and is one of the quickest and most cost-effective options for conflict-free parties.

No matter what your divorce needs are, James M. Chesloe is a formidable attorney with a mission to treat each client with respect, provide knowledgeable legal representation, and seek equitable solutions whether inside or outside of court.

In cases where a divorce requires a trial, he will build a complete and aggressive approach for securing a fair resolution. He has real-world court experience in Cook, Du Page and Will counties and intricate knowledge of the Illinois court system. James M. Chesloe will also personally handle any post-divorce issues that may surface.

Contact La Grange divorce attorney James M. Chesloe for sound legal representation in your divorce case. If it involves family law, involve James M. Chesloe.

The Law Offices of James M. Chesloe serves clients in Willow Springs, Western Springs, Brookfield, La Grange, Countryside, Hickory Hills, Lyons, Westchester, Stickney, Oak Lawn, and throughout Chicagoland as well as in Cook, DuPage and Will counties.

For a free initial consultation, call 708-579-5353 or Email me today.

James M. Chesloe, LTD, represents clients throughout Illinois, including those in the cities of La Grange, Chicago, La Grange Park, Brookfield, Berwyn, Countryside, Willow Springs, Western Springs, Willowbrook, Indian Head Park, Riverside, North Riverside, Lyons, Westchester and other Western Chicago suburbs as well as the greater counties of Cook, Will and DuPage.
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