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Kenneth Michael Devaney

Divorce and separation Attorney at Lake Bluff, IL

3.3   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2009
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Kenneth

Learn Kenneth’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Contested and Uncontested, Military Personnel, High Asset and/or Net Worth, Business Value Evaluations. Many cases include Child Custody, Child Support, Parenting Schedules, and Maintenance/Alimony.

    14 years

  2. Child custody
    We represent both Fathers and Mothers in highly contested and uncontested Child Custody Cases, which include Removal and Relocation issues, Parenting Time and Holiday schedules.

    14 years

  3. Family
    Child Custody, Highly contested divorce, Parentage matters, Asset distribution, Permanent Maintenance/Alimony and Temporary Maintenance/Alimony, Protective and Emergency Orders.

    14 years

  4. Child support
    Not limited to just Child Support, also may include Child related expenses, insurance costs, extra curricular activities, school fees, College Expenses.

    14 years

  5. Marriage and prenuptials
    Both Prenuptial and Post-nuptial agreements from basic to highly contentious.

    14 years

Kenneth M. Devaney is a trusted family lawyer serving Chicago’s North Shore. A native of Lake Bluff, Mr. Devaney specializes in all areas of family and matrimonial law, collaborative law and mediation—including prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, marital settlements, and child-custody and child-support matters.

Mr. Devaney is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Lake County Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association; he is a certified Mediator for the Lake County Family Law Division Mediation Program.

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Law Offices of Kenneth M Devaney PC
10 E Scranton Ave Ste 202
Lake Bluff, IL, 60044-2540

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Posted by Bobby | April 20, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
I had a tough time getting through my issues, after a consultation I was very pleased with Mr. Devaney. He had a refreshingly straightforward approach that really helped get the case done in a quick and fair manner.
Posted by Bill | February 12, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
comforting in tough times
I have been divorced twice, I wish I had hired Mr. Devaney the first time!!! It is a please to speak with him and his office is outstanding. I love the location in downtown Lake Bluff, he was simply the nicest and most practical lawyer I have ever met, he even bought lunch one time for us during a meeting. I will strongly recommend him to anyone looking for a great lawyer.
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Posted by Blake | September 27, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Very Helpful!
Ken is someone who will go to any limits to help you and your needs. He was fantastic in recent cases that I hired him for. I highly recommend Ken because he is someone who will have your back through the whole process.
Posted by anonymous | September 20, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I was very pleased with Mr. Devaney. He is definitely an excellent family attorney! He listened to what I had to say, took full interest into my case. My calls were always returned in a reasonable amount of time, my questions were always answered. He is knowledgable about the law and extremely comfortable in the courtroom. He knows what he is doing and always came back with results. I would absolutely use him again and definitely recommend him to my family and friends.
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2023
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This is not a lawyer for contested divorce or serious case
I hired this lawyer twice because l need a lawyer quickly and he was close by. At the beginning very charming personality that talk as if he can be the tough lawyer you imagine only to find out he is not a seriou lawyer for serious case. He is a lawyer that should not be in private practice that should be working in places where they just required lawyer signature and noting more. The first time l hired him l filed for divorce but l thought it will not be contested.. He has opportunities to close the case since my ex did not show any representation instead he decided to prolong the case. It was closed temporarily by him l guess to make money later when the case was reopened bu my ex a year later. These are the reasons why looking back he was a mistake: 1. He will never show up to court on time so you can not plan your time with 2. He will not update you on your case unless you asked. There was a time the opposing counsel subpoena my work he did not tell me until HR call me 3. He spent time talking to my ex on why she should negotiate and charging me for it insteadbof representing my interest. 4. He us a master of delay. His tactic is delay delay but he will charge you full service for the delay you never agree to. I guess is either laziness or tactic to get more money from you. 5. He is afraid of known and serious attorneys. He once told me your ex attorney is tough as if that is consolation to me. 6. He is imcompetence. He once told me to go and think and get back to him what tactic we should. Is that not the job he got pay for. 7. He is not organized. When you go to his office he will be asking you question of what is the last discussion on your case. Younwill sent him a document he will be asking you again for it. 8. He is never prepared. It is on the day he is going to court, he will to tell you what he is going to do which is postponed. My conclusion about him if you have uncontested divorce or very simple case where you just need a lawyer to prepare document or signature you can go to him and if don't care when it done. For serious case or case where time is of essence please stay away from him.
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Posted by Phil | March 17, 2023
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Ineffective, lazy and incompetent lawyer. He does not follow through or do what he says. Dishonest and not knowledgeable. Better suited for used car sales than legal representation. Do not hire!
Posted by Tina | December 15, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Lack of communication got his client in trouble
I don't know where to start. There is so much neglect here that I have no choice but to report him to the Illinois Bar Association, ARDC, and I've spent nearly a month preparing documents for an online company that exposes bad attorneys nationwide. We hired Ken in early Dec 2021 to help our son. His Ex girlfriend was alienating the child despite there being a temporary court order for my son to have visitation. There was no cause to keep the child from him. On the contrary, my son had a great relationship with his 2 year old. She got a new boyfriend and decided to stop letting him see the child. This should have been a simple case of contempt and then we move on. Not at all. It took nearly a year, Oct 2022, for my son to get time that is slowly increasing as the child gets re adjusted. Almost a year and he never addressed our Petition for Rule, the one thing that we hired him to do. Tons of judges chamber meetings where he would come out and have another reason why they can't have a trial that was supposed to happen in April 2022. Almost December, no trial. Instead he sends over an order from a court date that my son had no knowledge with directives on specific visitation dates that my son had no opportunity to address. I have addressed him several times regarding not advising my son of court dates, not returning calls, texts, and emails. At one point he told me he was not going to charge my son, assuming because he dropped the ball so many times, yet he still sent him a bill. I will post the results of these investigations once they become available because attorneys charging 5x minimum wage should provide services that justify the value of services equal to the cost. Ken is soft, he's negligent in his professional duties to his clients, and I do not recommend.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 200-450 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 6.6 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • The Law Offices of Kenneth M. Devaney
  • 2010 - Present


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Marquette University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003


  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

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Family Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had a number of cases with Ken, he has always represented his clients well. He is knowledgeable and dedicated to serving the best interests of his clients."

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Lake Bluff Divorce and separation Lawyer Kenneth Michael Devaney
Kenneth Michael Devaney
Divorce and separation Attorney
Lake Bluff, IL
Licensed for 14 years