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About Jennifer Ward

Jennifer R. Ward has exclusively practiced in the matrimonial and family law field for nearly 15 years. Furthermore, Ms. Ward is Adjunct Faculty at the John Marshall Law School teaching family law legal drafting to law students and has done so since 2005.

The Laws and Terminology for Divorcing Parents

The Divorcerer Speaks:  The Laws and Terminology for Divorcing Parents

We all know how the saying goes: “out with the old and in with the new.”  You may be surprised to know that I am not talking about your spouse; instead, I am talking about how the change in Illinois law and the terminology being used […]

By |November 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Timing of Child Support Modification

The Divorcerer Speaks:  The Timing of Child Support Modification

Has there been a change in your employment or income?  Are you failing to exchange income information and documentation each year?  Was your child support obligation entered prior to the change in Illinois law on July 1, 2017?  If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions […]

By |October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Amicable Endings: How divorcing couples who communicate can save time and money

For couples who are contemplating divorce or are already in the divorce process, an amicable ending can sometimes seem like a lofty and unrealistic goal.  The bottom line is, if you can still communicate effectively then you can try to work together to reach a settlement of your marital estate which can save you time […]

By |September 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Top 5 Reasons Couples get Divorced

The Top 5 Reasons Couples get Divorced

I am often asked the question, “What is the main reason that couples divorce?”  Well, here is the simple, yet complicated, answer:

Money. Whether it is a constant disagreement or an underlying current of frustration, a spendthrift versus a saver, money is a huge factor in many divorces.  Surprisingly, […]

By |September 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Role of Divorce Lawyers in Mediation

The Divorcerer Speaks:  The Role of Divorce Lawyers in Mediation

The traditional role of the lawyer is to represent the interests of the client, by advising the client regarding current laws, counseling the client, and managing the legal process for the client. While the lawyer will continue to perform each of these traditional functions in the […]

By |August 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The new “Income Shares” approach in calculating child support in Illinois

In the fall of 2016, the Illinois Legislature passed and the Governor signed a new statute that completely changes the way child support is calculated in Illinois. The new law took effect July 1, 2017.

Basic Child Support Calculation:

The law eliminates the former percentages and creates what is called the income shares approach. The statute provides […]

By |July 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Keeping it Sane in the Summer: Top Tips

Your weekday schedule was under control with the kids in school, activities in place and a routine to easily follow…then school let out for the Summer.  Whether you are single or married, co-parenting or doing it all on your own, having the kids home for the Summer can really turn your world upside down.  Here […]

By |June 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Top 7 Financial Tips in Divorce

Without careful planning and proper guidance, a divorce can be not only emotionally draining, but financially devastating.  Here are the top 7 financial tips in divorce:

Safekeeping Records.  Compile records from the past three years including bank accounts, retirement accounts, investment accounts, credit card accounts, life insurance policies, health insurance policies, vehicles, loans, titles, trusts, […]

By |May 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

April Showers Brings…Divorce Surge

Since different variations on the saying “April Showers Brings May Flowers” can be traced back to the 1600’s it is no surprise that the downturn in the weather is what feeds the upturn in blooms and that has been occurring for hundreds of years.  The same can be said for marriages: upturns and downturns.  The […]

By |May 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Top 7 Ways to Refresh Your Marriage this Spring

The Top 7 Ways to Refresh your Marriage this Spring

Connect with your partner: silence your cell phone, step away from your computer, turn off your television and just talk.
Try something new…together: take an art class, learn to woodwork, join a team sports league or take a cooking class.
Take a staycation: hop online […]

By |March 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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