Lake County Family Law Attorney

Illinois Family Law Lawyer servicing Lake County, Kane County, McHenry County, and Cook County, Illinois

Going through a divorce or dealing with other family law matters can be emotionally challenging experiences. At Manassa Law P.C., we understand the turmoil and upheaval our clients are facing. Our compassionate team of family law attorneys provides the legal guidance and caring support you need during this difficult transition. 

We know you likely have many questions and concerns about protecting your rights and your children’s well-being. A Lake County, Kane County, McHenry County, or Cook County, Illinois family law attorney from our firm is ready to answer your questions, address your concerns, and help you navigate your family law issues with confidence.

Contact us today for your complimentary initial consultation.

Helping You Navigate Family Law Issues With Compassion and Confidence

Manassa Law Team

Here Are Some of the Family Law Services We Offer in Lake County, Kane County, McHenry County, and Cook County, Illinois



The most common family law issue our attorneys address is divorce. Divorce is the legal dissolution of marriage, and it involves several steps and many considerations. 

Every divorce situation is unique, but they generally follow the same overall process of filing a petition, working through temporary orders, discovery, settlement negotiations or trial, and ultimately obtaining a judgment for dissolution of marriage. We can guide you through each step, always keeping you informed and always advocating for you and your children’s rights and best interests.

Divorce Litigation

While we strive to avoid lengthy court battles, sometimes, divorce litigation is unavoidable. It can occur when spouses can’t agree on issues like asset division, child custody, child support, and spousal support.

Our skilled litigators are fierce courtroom advocates, and we have extensive experience fighting for our clients in court. We’re committed to protecting your interests and presenting a compelling case to help you get a favorable ruling.

Collaborative Divorce

For many couples, the collaborative divorce process provides a more amicable way to dissolve the marriage outside of court. We facilitate respectful negotiations by building a team of professionals to help us navigate potential disagreements over the division of marital property, spousal support, parenting time, and child support in a more cooperative atmosphere.  

A collaborative divorce is typically a less expensive and less stressful alternative to litigation. You would have access to a team of experts and professionals, such as child specialists, financial advisers, and divorce coaches to help throughout each step of the process.

Together with your attorney, your divorce team can help mitigate conflicts and foster open communication to achieve beneficial results for all parties involved more effectively, including your children.

Divorce Mediation

Divorce mediation is another alternative dispute resolution method that aims to remove the adversarial nature of litigation. Our mediators can help you and your spouse find common ground and reach a fair settlement without having decisions imposed by a judge.

During mediation, you and your spouse or significant other will meet with a neutral third-party facilitator, called the mediator.

The mediator is often a licensed attorney or social worker with extensive mediation training. However, the mediator does not represent either side, and they cannot offer legal advice—although they may get a stubborn party to compromise. Their main goal is to help you and your spouse come to terms on issues and devise a final agreement. 

Military Divorce

Military divorces follow many of the same steps as civilian divorce, but involve additional complexities. These include jurisdictional issues, dividing military pensions and benefits, and accommodation of deployments. Our attorneys are well-versed in handling these types of divorces for active-duty and veteran clients.  

High Net Worth Divorce

For high net worth couples with significant assets and investments, property division becomes far more complex.

Our lawyers have extensive experience valuing and fairly distributing assets like businesses, stock options, deferred compensation, and real estate holdings in these high-stakes divorces.

Parent’s Rights

Divorced parents often face an uphill battle when it comes to securing fair parenting time and preventing inaccurate portrayals as uninvolved parents. We assertively advocate for a parent’s rights and strive to ensure court orders serve the best interests of the children.


While relatively rare, an annulment treats a marriage as if it never legally existed and has different requirements than divorce. We handle annulment cases resulting from instances of fraud, bigamy, underage marriage, lack of consummation, and more.

Enforcements and Modifications

Even after a final divorce order, situations may require enforcement of the existing judgments related to custody, support, or assets. Additionally, circumstances may warrant a post-judgment modification of those orders. Our attorneys assist clients in enforcing or properly modifying agreements when necessary.

Other Services We Offer

Lake County Family Law Attorney

Beyond divorce proceedings, we represent clients in a wide range of other family law matters, including:

  • Protecting Parental Rights – Helping unmarried parents establish paternity, custody, visitation, and support
  • Child Custody – Pursuing custody arrangements that support the best interests of children 
  • Child Support – Navigating child support payments, modifications, and enforcement of support orders
  • Alimony/Spousal Support – Securing or contesting appropriate spousal maintenance based on need and ability to pay
  • Property Division – Identifying, valuing, and equitably dividing marital assets and debts
  • Prenuptial Agreements– Helping soon-to-be married couples put certain parameters and arrangements in place in the event their marriage ends in divorce. This often alleviates the tension and hostility that often accompanies divorce
  • Postnuptial Agreements– Assisting married couples with putting certain parameters and arrangements in the event their marriage ends in divorce. The difference between this and a a prenuptial agreement is that it goes into effect after the marriage is commenced rather than before the couple walks down the aisle. 
  • Order of Protection– Help victims of domestic abuse escape their abusive environment and put legal boundaries in place that are enforceable by law enforcement.

No matter whether you’re thinking about divorce, or separation from your partner, have filed for divorce, or need help modifying or enforcing an existing family law order, our attorneys have the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to handle your case effectively and efficiently.

Contact a Lake County, Kane County, McHenry County, or Cook County, Illinois Family Law Attorney Today

Lawrence S. Manassa, Child Custody Laywer
Lawrence S. Manassa, Family Law Lawyer in Lake County, Illinois

Through mediation, collaboration, or litigation, the team at Manassa Law PC advocates tirelessly to uphold your rights and promote practical, workable solutions for your family’s unique situation. We are here to provide the authoritative legal counsel you need as you work towards restructuring and stabilizing your family’s future. 

Reach out today at (847) 221-5511 or contact us online to request a free initial consultation.