Making A Difference For Dads
Our Chicago based law firm has a demonstrated record of success on behalf of fathers in custody disputes arising in divorce and paternity cases, in related matters such as domestic violence protection orders, and in post-decree matters such as child abduction, parent relocation and modification of child support orders.
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Joshua Shancer
Joshua Shancer


Chicago, IL



Joshua B. Shancer is a passionate and skilled litigator, and a tough negotiator, who zealously advocates for the rights of his clients in the courtroom and in negotiations.

Joshua obtained his Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University College of Law, where he won a prestigious award for his work in trial advocacy. In law school, Joshua was the president of DePaul’s Decalogue Society and also served as a staff editor for DePaul’s Law Journal of Art Technology and Intellectual Property. Prior to his appointment as editor, Joshua published Daily Fantasy Sports and the Clash of Internet Gambling Regulation, 27DePaul J. Art, Tech. & Intell. Prop. L. 295 (2019), available at, where he advocated to increase consumer protections for individuals participating in internet gambling and daily fantasy sports.

Joshua is a mentor with the Juvenile Mentorship Initiative Program in Chicago. Throughout his time in the program, Joshua has worked with a previously incarcerated youth mentee who grew up without a male father figure in his life. Seeing the positive impact that a male role model can have on a child has inspired Joshua to fight for the rights of fathers and their children. Joshua brings to our firm and our clients his passion for reuniting fathers and their children.

Joshua obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University-Bloomington, where he majored in political science. Joshua is also an avid runner and baseball fan.

Important Legal Case Victories: 

  • Won a difficult case for our client, a great dad, by obtaining a court order preventing the mother of the child from taking the child permanently to a distant state, and by securing custody of the child for our client.
  • Successfully petitioned the Federal Government to reallocate the federal pension benefits of a client who was the victim of fraud by his ex-spouse. Joshua determined that the ex-spouse of his client, a former Federal government employee, had submitted false documentation to the Federal Government and was fraudulently claiming benefits she was not entitled to. Joshua negotiated and secured for his client the correct allocation of his federal pension benefits and saved the client thousands of dollars per year. 
  • In an unusual case in which the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) was investigating the mother of our client’s child, DCFS refused to disclose the location of the mother and child to our client. Therefore, Josh went to court and filed a critical motion which asked the court to order DCFS to disclose the location of the mother, which was necessary in order to serve the mother with important court pleadings. Josh won, and obtained a court order forcing DCFS to disclose the location of the mother and child and to cooperate with law enforcement in serving the mother with the court pleadings. 

Areas Of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Real Estate Law

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois


  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • Juris Doctor
    • Honors: CALI Award Recipient in Trial Advocacy
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
    • B.A.