What Areas of Law Does an Illinois Family Law Attorney Handle?

Families are a complex thing, and when legal issues arise within a family it becomes important to hire a qualified family law attorney to help protect your best interests during this time. However, not many people understand the wide range of legal services that a family law attorney can provide. At Gordon & Perlut, LLC our Cook County family law attorneys (who also practice in Lake and Du Page Counties) are here to help with all of your family’s legal needs. To learn more about the wide range of legal services that our office provides, call or contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Areas of Law

There are many areas of the law that a family law attorney handles on behalf of their clients when dealing with a difficult family situation, including the following:


Our lawyers help file the initial divorce petition or respond to a divorce served on our client. We help identify the major issues and negotiate on behalf of our clients so that they walk away with the best possible settlement to restart their life.

Child Custody

For parents with minor children, our attorneys help in divorce and paternity actions to develop a child custody agreement that is in the best interest of you and your child. This can include filing for sole or joint custody, requesting specific visitation requirements, and determining how to split physical and legal custody of the child.

Child Support

In addition to custody, our attorneys help determine the proper amount of support for your child to ensure that their standard of living is maintained, and their expenses paid by both parents. State law provides guidelines for child support, but there are many factors that can influence the outcome.

Pre- and Post-marital Agreements

Pre- and post-marital agreements help a couple determine property interests before or after a wedding. There are many benefits to these agreements, including protecting a business, reinforcing estate plans, and providing each spouse with a sense of protection in knowing that they will have assets if a divorce occurs.


Our family law attorneys also help file for guardianship of children or adults with disabilities in your family. This may apply to an elderly loved one who can no longer care for themselves and needs help with everyday decisions.

Domestic Violence & Orders of Protection

Sometimes, the people we love can hurt us, and if you are in a situation where you are experiencing violence from a household member our lawyers can help get you safe. We can file an order of protection and help you secure the finances you need to support yourself during this difficult time.


Lastly, our attorneys help facilitate the addition of new family members through adoption as discussed in the Illinois Adoption Act. We file the paperwork so that you can focus on what is most important – your new family.

Contact Our Cook County Family Law Attorneys

If you are in need of legal services for any issue that our family law attorneys in Cook County handle, let the experienced and skilled lawyers at Gordon & Perlut, LLC help. Call or contact our office today to schedule a consultation of your case.