A judge in suburban Chicago granted Craig Stebic's request to dismiss his petition seeking a divorce from his missing wife, Lisa.

Craig Stebic filed the petition last Friday, just a day after Plainfield, Ill., police named him a person of interest in the disappearance of his wife. His lawyer called the timing of the filing insignificant.

"We doing this solely so we can focus more attention on finding Lisa, and not on this dissolution case [the divorce]," Stebic's attorney, Dion Davi, said Wednesday.

Davi said there was no reason to go ahead with the divorce without Lisa Stebic's input.

Stebic filed for divorce Jan. 16, claming the couple had barely spoken in six months, and lived separate lives under the same roof. The divorce petition cited irreconcilable differences.

Both parents sought joint custody of their children, ages 10 and 12, with Lisa Stebic as the residential custodial parent; child support; and division of their marital property.