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

Divorce Proceedings in Illinois was written by Mark D. Brent as a practical, plain-language guide and introduction to the complicated and contentious issue of divorce in Illinois. Since the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act has been substantially rewritten, the book is not obsolete. Though the book may still have some value, generally, about the divorce process, we do not recommend it any longer as a resource for Illinois divorce law.

Until, the Illinois law was changed, Divorce Proceedings in Illinois had very good reviews on Amazon:

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 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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