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Traditional Divorce


Contested Divorce in Illinois

Divorce Litigation is most commonly know as "contested divorce" or "traditional divorce."  The process of a contested divorce begins when one spouse files a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and has the other party "served."  Issues are then submitted to a judge for determination.

What makes for a contested divorce?


Often times a divorce begins with the parties mutually discussing separation and negotiating through mediation or the collaborative law process a settlement agreement.  Under certain circumstances, pre-filing discussions and negotiations aren't possible as there may be critical issues, such as:

  • Domestic Violence

  • Emotional Abuse

  • Addiction

  • Substance Abuse

  • Mental Health Issues

  • Hiding Assets

  • Concealing the Children

  • Unreasonable and Unrealistic Expectations

  • Minimal issues

If these or other circumstances are occurring, your only option may be to start the process in court so that you can ask the Judge to intervene to protect you, your children and your assets.

Our approach.


Ciesla Beeler is committed to minimizing hostilities and maximizing results. Our attorneys are focused on finding workable solutions for all parties involved.


Whenever possible, we use divorce mediation or the collaborative law process to negotiate a mutually beneficial agreement that supports our clients’ interests. When this is not possible, we are formidable litigators in family court.

​Because the attorneys of Ciesla Beeler have vast experience with multi-million dollar estates, we can provide our matrimonial law clients with advice and counsel from attorneys who have dealt firsthand with complex financial transactions, issues of business valuation, and closely held and family businesses.

​Our firm also has a wide variety of resources to draw upon in the areas of financial and estate planning to assist clients in structuring settlements that effectively address issues of taxation, business concerns and post-divorce financial circumstances.

Get an Excellent Outcome in Your Divorce from our Award Winning Legal Team

At Ciesla Beeler, we help you through the divorce process by keeping you informed every step of the way and thoroughly preparing you. Our attorneys are recognized throughout Illinois and are ready to meet with you to assess your case and provide sound legal strategies to address your situation.  Contact us today via email or call 847.868.1860 for your free consultation.

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Clients We Serve
  • Corporate Executives
  • Business Owners
  • Working Professionals
  • Stay at Home Spouses
  • International Clients
  • High net-worth individuals
  • Clients in long-term marriages
  • Individuals contemplating marriage
  • Children
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