A Dedicated and Aggressive Illinois Divorce Attorney

Going through a divorce is almost certainly a difficult, emotional experience for anyone. That is why it is so important to have a skilled family law attorney at your side throughout the process. The Chicago divorce lawyers at Taradash Given, P.C. have the experience you need to feel confident that you are being well represented throughout a marital dissolution. Taradash Given, P.C. serves clients throughout the greater Chicago area and in DuPage, Will, and Lake Counties, and in other communities throughout Illinois.

Filing for divorce can be a bittersweet experience. Many people are nervous to file and will ask me, “how long will my case take?” Most cases are concluded in 6 months to a year. Your particular case, however, may be more complex and have issues which will cause it to take longer. Talk with your attorney so you can get a better understanding of how long you can expect your case to wrap up.

The Divorce Process in Illinois

Getting Started: Your case begins when your attorney files a “Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.” Once your case is filed, you can proceed in one of three ways. We can immediately have your spouse served by a Sheriff or a process server; we can send your spouse a “Dear John” letter with a copy of the Petition; or you can simply file your Petition and instruct your attorney to do nothing. The “Dear John” letter is perhaps the preferred way to go. Your lawyer will send your spouse a fairly formal letter advising him/her that you have filed for a divorce and that you wish to end everything as quickly and as amicably as possible. A copy of your Petition will accompany the letter and we will give your spouse a reasonable amount of time (figure 2 weeks) to either file his Appearance or retain an attorney. Each case is unique and different, so talk with your attorney and determine the best way to proceed with your case.

Serving the Petition: If you have your Petition served on your spouse, it can be done in a matter of hours or as long as 2 weeks. Once the papers are served on your spouse, the proverbial “clock” starts to click and your spouse has 30 days to either have an attorney file papers with the court of file the papers himself.

Status Dates: Throughout your case, your case will have “status” dates. The lawyers will give the judge an update as to how things are progressing – is discovery being complied with, is there a chance at settlement, is the case going to trial, etc. Throughout your case, the judge will want to make sure that everyone is holding up alright and that the case is moving along appropriately.

Pre-Trial Conferences: If your or your spouse’s attorney requests one, your judge will schedule a “Pre-Trial Conference.” A Pre-Trial Conference is an informal gathering in the judge’s chambers and only the lawyers and the judge are present. The lawyers will explain to the judge what the issues are and each lawyer will present their client’s positions. The judge will then give recommendations to settle the issues. The recommendations are non-binding (neither side has to accept them) and either, or both, spouses can elect to go to trial. Unless your lawyer did not present your case well at the Pre-Trial Conference, it almost always makes sense to accept the judge’s recommendations or at least use them in settlement negotiations.

Trial: Unless you are forced to, you want to avoid trial. They are draining and expensive, both emotionally and financially. And remember, you are leaving the decisions which affect your kids, property and money to a stranger, who is only human and can make mistakes. A settlement in which you may not get everything you want might be better than “rolling the dice” at trial. Sometimes, however, you will have to go to the “mat” and take issues to trial. Again, discuss your options with your lawyer.

Are You Considering Filing for Divorce?

If you are considering filing for divorce in Illinois, make sure you contact an experienced and dedicated Chicago divorce attorney today. The more time your attorney has to become familiar with your case, the better the outcome may be. The family law firm of Taradash Given, P.C. has the experience and dedication you need to navigate any Illinois divorce. Click here, or call (312) 775-1020 to schedule your free initial consultation today.

Not Happy With Your Attorney?

It happens every day. Clients going through a divorce, or any family law matter, change lawyers during their case. It’s simply a fact of life. Sometimes the lawyer just doesn’t get the intricacies of divorce court or, perhaps, the client and the lawyer just don’t get along.

Frequently Asked Questions

When going through a divorce, most people don’t know what to expect. From the length of the divorce to the cost and everything in between, there are many unknowns. Relax. This is why it is important to have a seasoned Chicago divorce lawyer representing you.

Client Reviews

Excellent lawyer and a good human being - He was fast, he was empathetic, he was sure about what he was doing, got me my divorce very quickly while I was stuck with another lawyer for 6 months. Very courteous and doesn't try to bluff you.


Dean helped me through one of the worst times of my life. I married my best friend and we had three kids together. After things began to turn for the worst she sought a divorce and began threatening to withhold my children from me. She then kicked me out of our home. This became a nasty divorce and...


In addition to knowing his stuff, Dean was very supportive during a process that was emotionally difficult. He listened and helped me every step of the way in the divorce process. Dean was very responsive and everything was handled very professionally. Highly recommend.

Angi M.

By far this is the best experience I’ve had! They were considerate of my feelings and misfortune due to my injuries! They always got back to me on the progress of my claim! I would recommend them highly if your looking for a good legal team! Thank you Steve for all your hard work and what you did...

Kimberly W.

I want to express my appreciation for the exceptional work done by Morgan at Taradash Given P.C. She worked day and night negotiating with my former spouse and was a true advocate. Her commitment and dedication to my case did not go unnoticed and I am very grateful for her efforts. Additionally...

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