Rockford Divorce Lawyer James Teeter, Jr.

Serving Rockford, Belvidere, Davis, Freeport, Lake Summerset, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Roscoe, and Surrounding Communities

At your wedding you and your spouse not only entered into a new relationship as Husband and Wife, but you also entered into a legal contract – that of marriage. If you are contemplating or facing a divorce, you need to understand how Illinois law governs the termination of a marriage and what property and other rights you have.

As a Rockford divorce lawyer, I can help you understand and work to tenaciously protect your rights and objectives, including those relating to property division and debt division, child custody and parenting time, spousal support and alimony or maintenance. I can help you with all of these issues whether your divorce is amicable or contested.

If you are thinking about seeking a divorce, have already started the process, or were served divorce paperwork, I invite you to call my office at 815-904-6246 to schedule a free consultation to learn more about how I can guide you through this challenging process.

As a Rockford divorce attorney with years of experience, my mission is to provide Northern Illinois clients with the support, guidance, and legal advocacy in identifying and seeking to achieve their objectives in divorce, property division, spousal support, child support, and related matters.

For most aspects of the divorce process, including property division, courts are unwilling to revisit issues that have already been resolved. As such, it is critical to retain an experienced divorce attorney who can zealously advocate for your rights and tenaciously fight for the best result possible from the outset.

We serve clients in Rockford and the surrounding communities, including Loves Park, Machesney Park, Cherry Valley, Durand, Pecatonica, Caledonia, Poplar Grove, Belvidere, Roscoe, Rockton, South Beloit, Candlewick Lake, and Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties.

As an Experienced Divorce Law Firm, We Can Reduce Stress and Help You Take Back Control.

We can help reduce the stress of your divorce by taking on the full responsibility for handling legal issues, and by explaining how the law applies to your case and how the Court process works.

I start by learning the facts and circumstances of your situation, which includes gathering appropriate documents and asking the right questions so that I can accurately assess the financial situation of your marriage.  It is my duty to uncover issues you may not have thought to raise.  I will listen to your objectives and provide you with an honest assessment of the likely outcomes you face and the options you have.

How I Can Help You Seek Your Objectives

Divorce typically entails resolving matters relating to assets, property, debts, child custody, and support; however, it does not need to be highly contentious and filled with acrimony.

My focus is on getting the best outcome possible for clients based on their objectives and Illinois law, as well as developing a pragmatic and cost-effective plan for reaching an agreement on critical aspects. In some cases, it may not be possible to reach a consensus. If this occurs, I will not hesitate to bring a case before an Illinois family court in seeking a favorable and just outcome. Together we will develop a strategy toward getting you the best outcome possible

If You Are Looking for an Experienced Rockford Divorce Lawyer, Call Today to Schedule a Free 30 Minute or Paid 90 Minute Consultation.

At the outset of a divorce, most individuals have many questions regarding the process. As a Rockford divorce attorney, I can guide you through the critical matters you should consider, including:

  • Explaining the divorce process and your rights under Illinois law;
  • Helping you understand how divorce courts typically define separate and marital property;
  • Detailing the economic questions, you should be asking;
  • Assisting in creating an accounting of your support and living expenses;
  • Negotiating custody and visitation matters;
  • Determining if a lump-sum settlement will meet your long-term needs;
  • Handling all legal filings;
  • Negotiating spousal maintenance; and
  • Zealously advocating to protect your rights and livelihood.

Divorce is a challenging process that affects just about every part of a person’s life, impacting everything from financial stability to a person’s relationship with their children. Due to these high stakes, it is vital to have a top-rated family lawyer by your side who can tenaciously fight to protect your interests, assets, family, and rights.

Let Experienced Rockford Divorce Attorney James Teeter Advocate for You!

No matter the circumstances surrounding your divorce, I stand ready to guide you through every step of the process. If you would like to learn more about how Rockford Family Law can help in your divorce, please call our office to schedule a complimentary 30 minute or paid 90-minute consultation to learn how we can help you take back control of your life. I also encourage you to read the following to learn about the most frequently asked questions that divorce clients ask.


What Legal Matters Need to Be Considered in a Divorce?

The legal aspects associated with a dissolution of marriage are significant and typically include:

  • Living and housing matters
  • Child custody and support issues (including child custody, parenting time, and child support)
  • Asset division
  • Property division
  • Business ownership and business division
  • Debt division/responsibility
  • Spousal Maintenance

Is There a Waiting Period to Get a Divorce in Illinois?

In Illinois, a couple must either be separated for six months before filing for divorce or mutually agree to waive the waiting period.

Is Illinois a Fault or No-Fault Divorce State?

In 2016, Illinois became a no-fault divorce state under Public Act 99-90.

Different states take different approaches to divorce proceedings.  Some are “no-fault” states, meaning that parties can get divorced without a separation period by simply stating they no longer wish to remain married. In contrast, in “fault-based” states, individuals must show that their spouses engaged in wrongdoing.

Is Illinois a Community Property State?


In community property states, all marital assets are divided equally. Illinois is not a 50/50 asset division state. Instead, the law calls for an equitable distribution of assets, meaning courts will consider various factors when determining how to divide property fairly.

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