Joanna L. Challacombe

Top rated family law attorney in Mount Prospect, Illinois

Joanna L. Challacombe, Attorney at Law, P.C.
Joanna L. Challacombe
Joanna L. Challacombe, Attorney at Law, P.C.

Practice Areas: Family law, Alternative dispute resolution; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 1989

Education: The University of Michigan Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023

Joanna L. Challacombe, Attorney at Law, P.C.

119 South Emerson Street
Suite 221
Mount Prospect, IL 60056-3219


A family law attorney at Joanna L. Challcombe, Attorney at Law, PC, Joanna L. Challacombe represents clients in the Chicago metropolitan area and Mount Prospect, Illinois. She has been practicing law since 1989 and her practice currently focuses on the following family law issues: alternative dispute resolution, collaborative divorce, same-sex family law, prenuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements, paternity, name change, mediation, marital property, juvenile law, domestic violence, dissolution, custody and visitation, child support, alimony and spousal support, adoption and divorce.  Ms. Challacombe has a degree in psychology and worked previously in the Cook County Public Guardian's office representing abused and neglected children.  She sees her clients as people going through some of the most difficult circumstances in one can face in life, using compassion and empathy to help clients learn and develop new ways to communicate with co-parents and cope with the legal process.  She is also a knowledgeable and skilled litigator when a case cannot be resolved through dispute resolution and has conducted numerous trials involving custody, domestic violence, mental health issues, determination of income of the self-employed  and valuation of businesses.

Ms. Challacombe graduated with honors from Michigan State University after earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. She then pursued her dream of becoming an attorney when she attended the University of Michigan Law School and earned her Juris Doctor in 1989. That same year, she passed the bar and was admitted to practice in the state of Illinois.

For over 20 years, Ms. Challacombe has been appointed and approved by the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, as an Attorney for Child, Guardian ad Litem and Child Representative. Since 2009, she has also been a Fellow of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois.

During her career, she has conducted many custody trials, including those that involved difficult issues such as criminal actions; relocations out of state; sexual, emotional and physical abuse; and cases where parents or children have serious mental health issues. Ms. Challacombe is focused on professionally, compassionately and swiftly resolving cases that are emotionally and mentally taxing for her clients. Along with helping them through the legal process, she also supports her clients to better understand their financial future and improve relationships with their families

Practice areas

Family law, Alternative dispute resolution

Focus areas

Adoption, Alimony & spousal support, Child support, Custody & visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic violence, Juvenile law, Name change, Paternity, Prenuptial agreements, Marital property, Mediation & collaborative law, Same sex family law

  • 60% Family law
  • 40% Alternative dispute resolution

First Admitted: 1989, Illinois

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Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Fellow, Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois since 2009
  • 10 Best Lawyers for Client Satisfaction from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys for 2019 and 2020
  • Super Lawyer for the year 2020
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Illinois, 1989
  • Northern District of Illinois
Educational Background:
  • University of Michigan Law School, Juris Doctor, 1989
  • Michigan State University, BA in Psychology with High Honors from the Honors College, Member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society., 1985
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Fellow of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, 2009 to the present., 2009
  • Approved for appointment as Child Representative, Attorney for Child and Guardian ad Litem, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, 1996 to the present., 1996

Office location for Joanna L. Challacombe

119 South Emerson Street
Suite 221
Mount Prospect, IL 60056-3219

Phone: 312-238-9281


4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023

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