Pucci|Pirtle is a boutique law firm concentrating its practice in divorce, custody, high asset division, reproductive technology and surrogacy, real estate and estate planning matters. We handle all matters with the utmost professionalism and zeal.

Firm Overview

Pucci | Pirtle, LLC provides expertise in several areas of Family Law. Our attorneys and staff understand that the decision to proceed with a divorce is very difficult. We treat each of our clients with respect and concern as we guide them through complicated custody and financial issues.
From our offices in Elgin and St. Charles, we serve clients throughout McHenry, DuPage and Kane Counties, including the communities of St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, Aurora, Elgin, South Elgin, Elburn, Burlington, Hampshire, Sugar Grove, Algonquin, Carpentersville, Dundee, Woodstock, Crystal Lake, Huntley, Pingree Grove, Bloomingdale, Wheaton, Winfield, West Chicago and Carol Stream. The area of family law encompasses a broad range of legal topics involving marriage and children, including divorce or annulment, post decree (post-divorce) issues, parenting time, orders of protection, child custody and visitation rights, child support payments, and spousal support/alimony. The practice of family law might also involve adoption, domestic violence, and restraining orders regarding personal property and/or personal safety.
Julia Pucci and Julie Pirtle work diligently to ensure that each case we handle is tailored to the specific needs of the client and the family. We advise our clients on all aspects of their lives that may be changing due to their current situation, including the disclosure of financial assets, business ownership, custody of the children, parenting time and other related issues.

We emphasize to our clients that, although they may be restructuring their family unit, any animosity that may arise between the spouses must not be aggravated for the benefit of the family as a whole.

The goal of Pucci & Pirtle is to provide our clients with the best representation under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act while at the same time listening to our client's needs and concerns. Each and every one of our clients is well-advised and thoroughly informed throughout the pendency of his or her case.

Divorce, also referred to as dissolution, is one solution to the breakdown of a marriage. Most people use the word separation interchangeably with divorce. Legally, however, they mean two different things. Couples who separate remain married pending any further action, while those who divorce are officially no longer married. How the couple's assets and debts are divided during a period of separation varies by state and the type of separation that occurs.

At the start of your case, we discuss your specific situation, your goals, and court procedure. A tentative timeline is then established. The many steps that are involved in each divorce proceeding, such as discovery, pleadings and negotiations, are conducted after discussion with you. Our firm handles cases with considerable financial assets, however we also regard cases with modest or few assets as equally important.

Pucci & Pirtle will coordinate and handle your case with the utmost care and professionalism throughout the entire process of dissolution, including but not limited to the division of marital assets, child custody, child support, parenting time, and marital support/alimony. These issues can be determined by both parties by settlement, or, if that is not possible, the issues will be brought in front of the Court for a trial, or judicial determination.

Establishing child custody in a divorce or other separation is obviously a difficult task for parents. Courts deciding child custody and visitation matters will make rulings based the "best interests of the child" (or children). The phrase "best interests of the child" governs all aspects of child custody and visitation. Determining the best interests of a child depends upon many factors, including the child's age, mental and physical health, health of parents, lifestyle and other social factors of parents, and the love and emotional ties between parent and child.

Child Support is the amount of support that a non-custodial parent is required by statute to pay to the residential parent of a child. Child support is generally paid until a child is emancipated (reaches the age of majority) or when a variety of other circumstances arise.

Our firm maintains the latest software technology to determine the proper amount of child support to be paid based on the correct net income of the paying parent, the specific percentages set by the Illinois law based on the number of children, and other numbers that factor into the appropriate amount of child support.

Maintenance (formerly called alimony or spousal support) is a regular payment made from one spouse to the other during a separation or after a divorce. The amount paid by one spouse to the other will be set forth in a Court Order or the final Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage.

These matters are complex; please give PUCCI|PIRTLE a call to schedule a free consultation to discuss your specific needs.
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2205 Point Boulevard, Suite 130
Elgin  IL  60123
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St. Charles Office
100 Illinois Street, Suite 200
St. Charles,  IL  60174

Julia Pucci

Julia A. Pucci, managing partner with Pucci|Pirtle LLC, focuses her practice in the areas of divorce and custody litigation. Ms. Pucci attended Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois where she received a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Sociology and Political Science. Ms. Pucci subsequently earned her Juris Doctor from St. Louis University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. During her law school career, Julia taught legal research and writing as a teaching assistant and was also active in the mediation clinic where she obtained her mediation certification. As a certified mediator, she mediated court-ordered child custody matters and assisted parents in drafting parenting and custody agreements.

After being admitted to the Bar, Ms. Pucci was employed as an Assistant State's Attorney for the County of McHenry where she worked in the civil division, enforced child support orders and handled other civil matters for the County. Ms. Pucci was then employed with a large Schaumburg firm where she concentrated her practice on domestic relations matters and continued to do so as a partner with Schwarz & Pucci, LLC and now Pucci|Pirtle, LLC.

Ms. Pucci obtained advanced training in mediation and firmly believes that mediation is an avenue that many parties faced with tough domestic relations issues may benefit from, both in the area of custody matters and also financial issues. Because of her training, she is more proficient in negotiating fair settlements for her clients. However, Ms. Pucci also understands quite well that some matters simply cannot be settled by way of mediation or other negotiation tactics and thus, if the matter must be litigated, she has a strong courtroom presence and is well respected by the Court.

Ms. Pucci approaches every case with the goal of problem solving while understanding that each client has a unique set of circumstances. She works closely with her clients throughout the legal process; she is very proficient at finding reasonable and practical solutions in each of her cases, though if the matter proceeds to trial, she is a skilled litigator. Ms. Pucci's creativity, intelligence and thoroughness afford her the ability to finalize matters expeditiously and with outcomes that are understandable and satisfactory to her clients. Julia is respected by both her clients and peers and has earned a reputation of excellence.
In addition to her advanced negotiations skills, Ms. Pucci is also a known for her abilities as guardian ad litem in custody disputes. Through her strong voice and understanding Ms. Pucci tirelessly supports the position that is in the best interest of the children. Ms. Pucci gives every investigation her utmost attention using her steadfast dedication to ensure the right outcome.

Ms. Pucci was honored by her appointment to serve on the Illinois State Bar Association's Family Law Section Council, a body that helps create seminars for continuing legal education, drafts and reviews proposed and pending legislation, contributes to the Section newsletters and, overall, attempts to affect a positive difference in the overall legal community.

Further, Ms. Pucci is involved in the Kane County Bar Association, the McHenry County Bar Association, and the Women's Bar Association for the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit. She is also involved in other non-for profit organizations as well as being dedicated to her own family in her personal time.

Julie Pirtle

Julie Pirtle began working as an associate attorney for Schwarz & Pucci in November of 2012 after graduating cum laude from Northern Illinois College of Law in May of 2012 and subsequently became a partner when Pucci|Pirtle, LLC was formed. Ms. Pirtle earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Northern Illinois University in 2008. During law school, Ms. Pirtle was active in the Dooley Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, serving as the vice justice during her second year. Ms. Pirtle was also active in the Women'

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