Cheryl Powell

Cheryl Powell

Lawyer-Mediator-Guardian ad Litem at the Law Office of Cheryl A. Powell.
  • Family Law, Divorce, Criminal Law ...
  • Illinois
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I have been practicing law since 1988. I have served as a legal services attorney representing clients in orders of protection, divorce, and parentage matters. Next I served as a public defender for 4 years, handling criminal law, juvenile law and mental health commitment cases. I have been in private practice on my own since 1999 representing people in a variety of cases, mostly family law, juvenile law, criminal law, guardianships, powers of attorney and wills. I do a smattering of other things in general. I also hold a master's degree in social work, so I understand mental health problems that are invariably involved in these matters.

Practice Areas
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Juvenile Law
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business Arbitration, Consumer Arbitration, Family Arbitration
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Video Conferencing
  • Google Hangouts
  • Skype
  • Zoom
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  • GoToMeeting
  • WhatsApp
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    I accept all major credit cards, including MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    My consultations are generally $50 for up to one-half hour and $120.00 per 30 minutes after that. My hourly rates start at $235.00 per hour.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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U.S. Supreme Court
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney/Solo Practitioner
Law office of Cheryl A. Powell
- Current
Represent clients in a variety of matters, including those listed plus guardianships, wills and powers of attorney.
Assistant public defender
Marion County
Handled criminal law cases, including a murder case. Also handled juvenile cases, including abuse, neglect and delinquency; as well as mental health cases.
Douglas A. Antonik
Represented numerous clients in family law cases.
Family Law Task Force Coordinator
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance
Supervised 40 lawyers in their handling of family law cases.
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
M.S. (1996) | Social work
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Northern Illinois University
J.D. | Law
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Northern Illinois University
B.A. (1983) | Political Science, Public Administration; with a Minor in Sociology
Honors: Pi Sigma Alpha, honor society
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College of Lake County
A.S. (1982) | Business Administration
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Service to Miliary
Illinois State Bar Association
Professional Associations
Illinois State Bar
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Activities: Family Law Section Council, Criminal Justice Section Council
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Jefferson county bar assn
- Current
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Marion County Bar Assn
- Current
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Approved mediator
2nd judicial circuit
Approved guardian ad litem
4th judicial circuit
Approved mediator
4th judicial circuit
Approved guardian ad litem
20th judicial circuit
Approved mediator
20th judicial circuit
Approved guardian ad litem
2nd judicial circuit
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Legal Answers
659 Questions Answered
Q. Can a War under guardianship get their own personal representation aside from the guardianship representation?
A: Are you contesting the guardianship? In what type of a case are you seeking representation? What orders have been entered so far?
Q. will i get in trouble for Running away from a place my mom makes me live because she kicked me out
A: Legally, you are required to live wherever your parents say. No court order means nothing enforceable typically. Your parents can choose to give guardianship or to take it away. Anyone who harbors you can be charged with harboring a runaway.
Q. How do I get visitation for my child in another state?
A: You would have to file for parenting time in Illinois. Legal aid does not typic
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Contact & Map
407 S. 27th Street, Suite B
Mt Vernon, IL, USA
Telephone: (618) 246-9370
Fax: (618) 244-5919
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