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Joseph Emmerth

Joseph concentrates his practice in divorce matters, post-divorce modifications, parentage matters, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and other men's legal issues.

Joseph was voted an Illinois SuperLawyer by his fellow attorneys in 2015, 2016 and 2017, after having been voted a Rising Star in 2013 and 2014. Admitted to practice law in Illinois in 2005, Joseph graduated from Ambassador University, Big Sandy, TX, where he was on the Dean's List and received his B.A., and then graduated from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI, where he earned an M.A. in Counseling and was awarded the Nichol Memorial Award for Integrity. Joseph is a graduate of DePaul University College of Law, where he served as a student representative on the Law School's curriculum committee. With several years of experience as a counselor prior to attending law school, Joseph brings unique and valuable experience to the field of domestic relations law.

Joseph is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the DuPage County, Kendall County, and Will County Bar Associations, and remains active in Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity.  Joseph was appointed to the Illinois State Bar Association Committee on Judicial Evaluations (Outside Cook County) and twice served as chair of said committee.  Joseph is also admitted to practice at the United States Supreme Court.

Joseph also released his first book in 2017 titled Winning Your Divorce: The Top Ten Mistakes Men Make and How to Avoid Them. You can purchase his book here.

Winning Your Divorce:

The Top Ten Mistakes Men Make and How to Avoid Them.

Purchase book here

Areas of Practice:

  • Divorce
  • Child and Spousal Support
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Property Division
  • Adoption
  • Paternity
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreements
  • Post Divorce Modifications
  • Collaborative Law

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • American Bar Association – Law Practice Management Section
  • Illinois State Bar Association – Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • Illinois State Bar Association – Family Law Section
  • DuPage County Bar Association – Family Law Section; Rules Revision Committee
  • Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity – Member
  • National Association of Certified Counselors – Past member

Litigation Percentage:

  • 75 % of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 2005


  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 2005 J.D. Honors: Dean's Scholarship Recipient
  • Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, 1999 M.A. Honors: With Honors Honors: Dean's List; Nichol Memorial Award for Integrity
  • Ambassador University, Big Sandy, Texas, 1995 B.A. Honors: With Honors Major: Liberal Studies/Psychology

Honors and Awards:

  • Nichol Memorial Award for Integrity, 1998
  • Daniel P. Ward Service Scholarship, 2004
  • Illinois Rising Star, 2013, 2014
  • Illinois SuperLawyer, 2015 to present
  • AVVO Client's Choice award, 2015

Published Works:

  • “Civil Unions in Illinois: A Cautious Gaze into a Possible Future“, DCBA Brief, Volume 20, Issue 3, 2007
  • The Awkward Handshake: US v. Kyllo and How Science Shapes the Law, DePaul Journal of Law & Science, 2, 2004

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • Counseling Practicum, Andrews University, 1999

Past Employment:

  • Law Offices of Robert T. Badesch, Trial Clerk, 2003 – 2005
  • Cook County State's Attorney – Felony Trial Division, Legal Clerk, 2001


  • Phi Alpha Delta

Recent Blog Posts


  • Joe’s that guy!

    While (like anyone) I'd much rather avoid legal issues, Joe Emmerth brings calm and competence to the entire process. I hired him to quash an emergency subpoena, which he shut down quickly and successfully—and recovered my legal expenses and time off work. My fiancé and I were pleased with his wo...
  • Joe is helpful, honest, hardworking lawyer.

    Joe is helpful, honest, hardworking lawyer. He did a good job of explaining the process and gave great advice on how to handle specific situations. The process is not an easy one, it involves several pieces which also includes allocation of the parenting time, financial disclosure, and the final ...
  • a true professional

    My particular case involved numerous moving parts across international boundaries. Despite these added elements of confusion, the process went extremely smooth. Joseph helped to efficiently and effectively navigate the complexities and we arrived at the desired outcome. Thorough, buttoned-up, pre...
  • professional and prompt

    My case was challenging in that I had been married a relatively short amount of time (< 5 years) and was willing to leave my ex-wife with some money to help her land on her feet. Joe was sympathetic to my case right away and understood my own emotional struggle with the process. He was very up...
  • thankful that I had Joseph

    Joseph was helpful and professional from the first phone call to the last email. My parentage case was less than enjoyable and at times, quite a headache. He handled every annoyance that came around with great candor and care. Joseph never misguided me. Even if the result was not exactly what I w...
  • he was looking out for me.

    I retained Mr. Emmerth for my divorce and he was GREAT. He talked me thru everything and made sure I understood what I was reading. I really felt he was looking out for me. I am very pleased with my settlement and when thing were not going so good he made me feel at ease. He also talks to you and...
  • I would recommend Joe to anyone

    I was in the middle of a horrible divorce and had just fired my first lawyer when I met with Joe. He brought a sense of calm to the chaos that was going on, and sat down with me to develop a strategy and plan to achieve my goals. The rest of my divorce went much more smoothly and ended very well ...
  • Todd T. Recommends Joseph Emmerth

    If you want a lawyer who cares enough to tell it to you straight (what the law really says, likely outcomes, the best approach to resolve), someone who focuses on bringing closure to your current legal situation, and someone who makes the process as painless as it possibly can be, hire Joe! 

Contact Us Today

Emmerth Divorce Law is committed to answering your questions about Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Post Divorce Modifications, Parentage, International Divorce, Family Law law issues in Chicagoland and Northern Illinois.

We’ll gladly discuss your case with you at your convenience. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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