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Amy H. McAuley

Divorce and separation Attorney at Barrington, IL

4.8   6 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1999
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Amy

Learn Amy’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation

    14 years

  2. Family
    McAuley Family Law, LLC focuses in Child Custody, Child Support, Parentage, Visitation Rights, Modification, Maintenance, Settlement Negotiations, Child Representative.

    19 years

  3. Mediation


Amy H. McAuley brings a unique combination of skills and experience to her practice dedicated entirely to family law. This includes over ten years of litigation experience in the areas of Child and Family Law and in both public and private sectors, as well as ten years experience in the mental health and social service fields.

Amy’s interest in the issues of children and families began after earning her degree in Psychology from Northern Illinois University in 1989.  She spent the next 10 years working in residential treatment programs with many of the most behaviorally and emotionally challenged children in the state. Amy attended Loyola University Law School  and graduated in 1999. At Loyola she participated in the Civitas Program, the first child advocacy program of its kind in the country. She spent the next five years as Assistant Public Guardian at The Cook County Public Guardian’s Office in the Juvenile Protection Division. There she represented hundreds of abused and neglected children as Attorney and Guardian Ad Litem in Juvenile Court. She handled dozens of trials and contested matters, including high profile cases, and advocated tirelessly for her clients. 

Amy has spent the last seven years exclusively practicing Family Law, initially with a small firm in DuPage County, and in 2016 opening the doors of McAuley Family Law.  She has successfully  represented clients with a wide variety of complex Family Law needs in Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane and McHenry Counties. Amy continues to be inspired by making an important difference in the lives of her clients through zealous representation, compassionate counsel, and superior litigation skills. She continues to work to defend children and find solutions for families through her work as a Court Approved Child Representative/Guardian Ad Litem for Cook County and Lake County.  Amy is also committed to social justice issues and provides pro bono legal representation for disadvantaged parents through organizations such as The Family Defense Center. She is an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Lake County Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association.


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McAuley Family Law, LLC
118 Barrington Commons Court
Suite 217
Barrington, IL, 60010


4.8 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
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Posted by Meghan | December 1, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amy found me justice
Amy and Lori made me feel very comfortable going to trial and in the end, no surprise, we won. Now my family can get back to what’s most important, being together.
Posted by Kristin | October 7, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Wish I had found Amy sooner.
I was entangled in a long and drawn out post-divorce decree matter with my ex-husband for close to two years with a different law firm. I spent thousands of dollars and got nowhere. When it became clear to me that bleeding my retainer dry each month without actually doing any “real” work on my matter was intentional, I began my search for a different attorney. Thankfully, an internet search lead me to Amy McAuley. From the beginning, I could tell Amy was different from my prior attorney in a good way and I decided to hire her to take over my case. She was thorough, communicative when necessary (not to just increase billable hours,) and highly effective as we were able to settle the matter in a couple months. I felt confident in her skills, experience and knowledge especially regarding cases involving a guardian ad litem and reunification therapy. I highly recommend her and would not hesitated to hire her again. Thank you, Amy!
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Posted by David Chang | March 21, 2023
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Grateful to have found her on my custody case.
Attorney McAuley is communicative, knowledgeable, and professional. She works in an urgent manner and makes you confident that your case is important to her. I am thankful to have found her on a 2+ year custody battle. Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend, Trustworthy, Professional
Amy is ethical, honest, trustworthy, responsive to calls and e-mail, works to resolve issues and ALWAYS has my best interest and the children's best interest in mind. I hired Amy to help clean up numerous complicated items left open by my previous attorney. She hit the ground running to diligently resolve these post-decree issues. She pointed out pros and cons of decisions. I wish I had hired Amy from the very beginning of the divorce. I finally could sleep at night once I had Amy on my team. I would highly recommend Amy to all of my family and friends.
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Posted by Tahisha | December 1, 2017
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Attorney- child support, visitation
Hiring Amy made my court life so much easier. Before having an attorney I had been going back and forth to court since 2005 and still not receiving any support. Amy came right in heard my case pulled all files from 2005 up until the current date. She went over each case thoroughly to made sure I was satisfied. Once we were back in court, everything I had issues with were resolved which made me at ease. Amy was very patient and understanding and was able to explain each situation I had. It was a pleasure working with her and I would highly recommend her services to anyone in need.
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2017
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Amy McAuley
Amy helped me navigate my divorce proceedings land negotiated a very fair settlement for me, She is caring, hard working, dedicated and gets to point. The opposing council was very challenging at times but her determination got it done!
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AVVO RATING 7.0 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • McAuley Family Law
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Law Office Of Josette Allen
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Attorney/GAL
  • Cook County Public Guardian's Office
  • 2000 - 2005


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Northern Illinois University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989


  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Divorce Lawyers in Palentine
  • Expertise
  • 2021
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2020
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2019
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2018
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Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Amy
Family Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Amy was a pleasure to work with and is tough when you need her to be and reasonable. I endorse this lawyer."

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Barrington Divorce and separation Lawyer Amy H. McAuley
Amy H. McAuley
Divorce and separation Attorney
Barrington, IL
Licensed for 24 years
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