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Meet Attorney Kelly Giraudo

Kelly GiraudoMy passion for family law began when I was 18 years old and experienced my parents' divorce. At that age, I could understand what was going on and how difficult it was on my parents and siblings. My parents were very cooperative and worked together to make the breakdown of our family as bearable as possible. I have always admired them for that, and felt that one day I should help facilitate that kind of approach to divorce for other families going through such a difficult time. Since then, I have been able to see the long-term effects of divorce on my parents and our family members. In practice, I strive not only to make the divorce process as easy as possible, but also to help my clients, both men and women, deal with the tremendous emotional effects it may have on them and their family.

Susan, Tami and I share the same passion and instinct towards family law cases. In practice, I have handled numerous contested child custody, visitation, interstate child removal cases, and adoptions. I have also handled and tried numerous contested Orders of Protection. I have experience with complex divorce issues, including asset division, child support, and spousal maintenance for both men and women. I focus on negotiation and reasonable settlements of cases, but welcome the courtroom venue if the parties require a judge's decision.

I am a qualified guardian ad litem, accepting appointments in the Tenth Judicial Circuit, which includes Peoria and Tazewell counties.

Education:
Kelly (Millay) Giraudo graduated cum laude from Mid-Continent University in 2005. She received her Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2009. At SIU, she served as a Research Assistant to Professor Mark R. Lee, and was employed by the SIU Civil Practice/Elderly Clinic, practicing family law, including divorce, custody, adoption, grandparent visitation and related matters.

Biography:
Kelly and her husband are the parents of two sons.

Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Bar Association, Member
Illinois State Bar Association, Member
Peoria County Bar Association, Member
Tazewell County Bar Association, Member

Honors and Awards:
Mid-Continent Writing Excellence Award, 2005
SIU Moot Court Intramural Competition - Brief Writing Award, 2008
Moot Court Intramural Competition - Quarter-Finalist, 2008

Pro Bono Activities:
Delta Theta Phi Toy and Clothing Drive
Legal Election Advisor for 2008 Presidential Election
Students Living a Mission, Mission Trip to Ensenada, Mexico
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
YMCA Frostbite 5K

Education:
Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois, 2009
J.D.
Mid-Continent University, 2005
Honors: cum laude

Fraternities/Sororities:
Delta Theta Phi