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Divorce Proceedings in Illinois: What You Need to Know (Quick Prep)

Divorce Proceedings in Illinois is a practical, plain-language guide and introduction to the complicated and contentious issue of divorce in Illinois. Written by an experienced divorce attorney and litigator, in an easy to understand and conversational style, this book is a must-read for anyone seeking to learn more about this important topic. Whether you are considering a divorce, your spouse has mentioned a divorce, you are actively litigating a divorce, or you are a friend or family member seeking to support someone going through a divorce, this guide serves as a thorough introduction to what you need to know about the process of divorce.

As common as divorce has become in today's society, it is still an area filled with myth, misunderstanding, and mystery. Divorce Proceedings in Illinois is an introductory guide to the law, as well as the process of divorce. It offers a realistic and informative view of modern divorce case in the common language of the average person. Readers will find clear and thorough explanations, strategy tips, and helpful advice, and ultimately, should come away with a greater understanding of their rights as well as the divorce process.

Divorce Proceedings in Illinois is part of the Quick Prep series of books on areas of the law published by Thomson Reuters Westlaw (August 1, 2012) that are designed for the lay person.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Roadmap April 5, 2013

By Patty

I wish this book existed prior to beginning my paralegal coursework. Clear, concise and written by an experienced attorney specializing in family law, this book provides the procedural roadmap necessary to simplify the complex area of Illinois divorce law. If you are a legal student and/or involved in an Illinois divorce proceeding, then this book is the best place to start. Once you read it, the subsequent paperwork and procedures will be easier to understand and you will feel more in control throughout the process.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Primer! July 24, 2013

By Phyllis

Going through a divorce would never be on anyone's ‘wish list', but having an idea of the what to expect would help ease the anxiety and give direction to an emotionally and financially turbulent experience. This book provides an uncomplicated view of the steps involved, and helps the reader understand the process within the court system. A great primer for paralegals or new attorneys practicing in family law, or anyone considering divorce.

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource and easy to read July 24, 2013

By Alexander H.

This is a clearly written, easy to read, easy to understand book. I found it to be very helpful in understanding the divorce process. I think it's a “must read” for anyone going through a divorce.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book – also great for new attorneys. July 29, 2013

By G. Illinois

This is a great book if you are considering divorce, going through a divorce, and/or you have questions about child support, custody, or maintenance. This is also a great book if you are an attorney and you would like to get a better understanding of how to handle a divorce case from beginning to end. As a new attorney, I found the book to be very informative, especially the discussion of various strategies that can be used to advance your client's position.

The book does a good job of explaining things in a concise manner that makes it easy to follow, and also elaborates on some of the areas that are confusing to many people, such as custody/visitation.

It also references the various forms involved in a divorce case and includes examples in the appendix.


Mark D. Brent began his legal career at the law firm of Williams Montgomery & John, in Chicago, Illinois, where he received extensive training and trial experience in many forms of litigation, including catastrophic death and injury cases, attorney and other professional malpractice cases, and insurance coverage/toxic tort litigation. Mark spent a decade as a solo practitioner, focusing his practice in family law over a five-county area in Chicagoland. He is now a member of the Drendel & Jansons Law Group, with offices in Batavia and Aurora, Illinois. Although a litigator throughout his entire twenty-plus year career, Mark's practice now focuses solely in the area of family law, with a heavy concentration in the areas of contested divorce and custody cases.


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