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Jon D. McLaughlin -- Bloomington Illinois Divorce Attorney

I was born in California, grew up in Utah, and have lived in Oklahoma, Indiana, England, and Illinois. I studied philosophy and ancient greek at Oklahoma State University. I attended law school at the University of Illinois. I was an Associate Editor of a journal published by the university. Also during this time.


I have worked for law firms in Tulsa and Indianapolis. I have also worked for the Honorable Joe McDade (a Federal Judge, sitting in Peoria).

I try to limit my practice, as much as I can, to family law matters. This includes divorce, child custody, child support, visitation, fathers rights, mediation, and other matters. I have had much success in getting my clients solid results because of my firm and aggressive approach.

I am a court appointed Guardian ad Litem. I am also a Mediator, approved by the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Illinois.

I have been appointed to serve, by the President of the State Bar, as a Member of the Child Law Section Council for the Illinois State Bar Association (2012/2013 and 2013/2014). 

The majority of my cases are tried in Bloomington (McLean County); however, I also practice in other surrounding counties, such as Livingston, DeWitt, Peoria, and Logan. I fight for my clients, and have been successful in protecting what is important to them at both the Trial and the Appellate levels.

Associations and Memberships:

McLean County Bar Association (Treasurer, 2009-2010);

ABC Counseling (Board of Directors, 2009-2011);

Illinois State Bar Association.


Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in Employee Manuals, 44 Lab. & Emp. L. (Ill. Bar Assoc., Springfield, Illinois), December 2006;

Extinguishing Pension Plans by Partial Termination & Aggregation, U. Ill. J. Bus. L. Soc’y (Feb. 1, 2007);

What Relevance Does The ADA Have To HIPAA-Regulated “Bona Fide Wellness Programs”?, U. Ill. J. Bus. L. Soc’y (Feb. 10, 2007);

Damages in Delayed Construction Claims, 36 Colo. Law. 17 (March 2007);

Disciplining Attorneys and Other FSLA-Exempt Employees for Attendance Problems, Ill. Bar J. (Nov. 2007);

Using Altman's Z-Score to Synchronize the Watches of Courts, Directors, Creditors, and Shareholders, 31 Hamline L. Rev (August 2008).

Asked and Answered: Will I Lose my Stepchildren?, Ill. Bar J. (Jan. 2009).

Filing for Divorce Before Residing in the State for 90 Days, Family Law, (Volume 54, No. 3, December 2010).


Surviving Divorce: Financial Implications, Money Smart Week (Illinois) (Bloomington, Illinois, April 8 and 9, 2008);

Will Your Loved Ones Be Left Out, Financial and Legal Challenges Faced by the LGBT Community (Bloomington, Illinois, September 25 and 27, 2008);

Illinois Civil Unions and Dissolutions (State Farm, Bloomington, Illinois August 4, 2011);

Law Panelist--MUSE Undergraduate Literature Conference at Illinois Wesleyan University (October 6, 2012).

I am married and have three energetic and beautiful children.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 95%

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Contact info

2401 East Washington Street
Bloomington, IL, 61704


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200711/12/2015

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Suspension
    issued in IL, 2013


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
StarGreat Plains Foundation2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorneyallison & Mosby-Scott2009 - Present
AttorneyCannell & Maulson2008 - 2009
Publication nameTitleDate
Family LawFiling for Divorce Before Residing in the State for 90 Days2010
Hamline L. RevUsing Altman's Z-Score to Synchronize the Watches of Courts, Directors, Creditors, and Shareholders2008
Lab. & Emp. L.Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in Employee Manuals2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Illinois Civil Unions and DissolutionsIllinois Civil Unions and Dissolutions2011