1776 S. Naperville Road
Building B, Suite 202
Wheaton, IL 60189
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DuPage County International and Interstate Divorce Attorneys

International and Interstate Divorce Lawyers Serving Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, and Carol Stream

When getting a divorce, there are often many issues that must be handled and challenges to overcome. The process is further complicated when there are interstate and international issues. When spouses live in different states or different countries and wish to divorce, there can be serious issues with jurisdiction.

The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. includes experienced attorneys and staff who have counseled and represented clients in interstate and international divorces. Our attorneys understand the laws that apply to these situations and know how to effectively advocate for our clients best interests and the best interests of the children involved.

Filing for Interstate Divorce in Illinois

It is not uncommon for spouses to live in separate states prior to getting divorced. Perhaps a couple will separate because of a job transfer or go back “home” to handle personal matters. During that time, it may become apparent that the marriage is irretrievably broken and you may want to file for divorce.

You do not have to have been married in Illinois to file for divorce in Illinois, but you generally must be a resident of the state for 90 days prior to filing for divorce. You may also file for divorce in Illinois if your spouse currently resides in Illinois, even if you do not. With all divorce filings, proper notification of your spouse is mandatory. If your spouse cannot be located, there are public notification procedures that must be followed.

Depending on the states involved, the facts of the marriage, and the contested issues to be litigated, an interstate divorce filing can trigger a contentious battle over jurisdiction and venue. In some cases, the laws of one state may be more advantageous to one spouse’s position than the other's. Our attorneys can provide a detailed assessment of your situation and advise you on how to best proceed to achieve your goals.

UCCJEA Cases in Illinois

When spouses file for divorce in different states or countries, or parents take children out of the state or country before filing for divorce, a determination of who has jurisdiction to decide the divorce and child custody issues must be made. In this situation, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) comes into play. Our firm has extensive experience in handling cases involving multiple jurisdictions. We are familiar with UCCJEA and how to apply it where our clients are concerned.

International Divorce in DuPage County

If your spouse lives abroad and you wish to file for divorce in Illinois, it can be a simple process or a complex process, depending on whether or not the divorce is contested. If your spouse agrees to the terms of the divorce, the divorce can be finalized through agreement. If there are contested issues that must be litigated, there can be significant hurdles to navigate. Allocation of parental responsibilities (child custody) and property division issues are particularly difficult to resolve and enforce in an international divorce, and there may be tax considerations in divorce to address. Our attorneys have the skill and experience to handle challenging foreign divorces and to strongly advocate for our clients' rights and interests.

If you and your spouse live in separate states or countries and are planning a divorce, contact us at 630-462-9500630-462-9500 to schedule a consultation. We will explain the interstate and international divorce process and go over your legal options. From our Wheaton, IL office, our attorneys work with clients throughout DuPage County and the surrounding areas of Northern Illinois.

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  • I would highly recommend Tony Sammarco to anyone needing a divorce lawyer. He explained all my options to me and he made sure I understood the process. I am glad I had him there to help me through this difficult time.

  • Thank you doesn’t seem enough for all that Bill Stogsdill and Brett Williamson have done not only for me, but my children as well. When I first met both of these gentlemen, each presented themselves with such self-confidence. I instantly knew...

  • The Stogsdill Law Firm and I were able to obtain sole custody of my son. I am fortunate for the outcome and I am to be a father to my son. Secondly, my ex-spouse was awarded limited portion of the marital estate. Bryan Estes is more than an excellent lawyer...

  • Whenever my opinion is asked by any of my clients, friends or family regarding what law firm someone should use for their divorce my answer is always the same –The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. The kids and I are forever indebted to Bill and his firm.

  • Bryan's ability to listen and understand my situation and then offer his advice on how we should proceed was the main reasons I hired Bryan as my attorney. That was the best decision I made, for myself and my children. Bryan helped develop action plans as well as a strategy ...

  • I wanted to thank you for your professional and respectful help with my case. Before entering your law firm, I felt as if my life might be at an end. After being greeted by your office manager, I was completely put at ease. Then after my consultation with you, I knew I was in good hands...

  • Mr. Smit has demonstrated a high degree of loyalty and trust worthiness to his work and to his associates. Justin certainly is an asset to your Law Firm, his organization skills are second to none. I have and will continue to recommend Justin ...

  • I recently made the life-altering decision of ending a 30 year marriage. While the support of family and friends was very important, I knew that choosing the right attorney was vital. In large part, my future would be determined by his legal advice and skills…

  • You've clearly established a client-focus in your office -- providing your clients with the warmth and understanding they need as they go through a very difficult time. Thank you, again, for all your help.

  • Taking that step to file for divorce was probably one of the most life changing decisions I have ever made. The process is very painful and emotionally draining. I retained Robert Boyd and Justin Smit of The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C...