If you are planning to divorce, you should do everything possible to spare yourself the potential strife and conflict that many people encounter during this process. The same problems that have caused you to decide to end the marriage-animosity, disagreements, difficulty communicating-can easily be magnified by the pressure of a divorce. You should retain an attorney who can help you avoid the financial and emotional costs of a drawn-out contested divorce. You want someone representing you that is qualified and devoted to your betterment; that is what you gain at our firm.
A divorce settlement may include some form of spousal maintenance or alimony. This is a payment that is given to one of the spouses that may be deemed a dependent by the court. The dependent spouse could have become reliant on the other while they remained at home with the kids or could have grown accustomed to a lifestyle. A couple may be able to come to a decision on the terms of their alimony or the court will make a ruling based on a number of factors.
Divorces between parents can be especially difficult, and it is important to have an attorney to defend your position. Both parents usually feel very strongly about preserving their relationship with the children, but it is vital to shield them from the negative emotional impact of a drawn-out legal conflict. The court will rule in favor of a plan that serves the best interests of the children. Child “custody” is now a determination of allocating parenting time and decision-making.
Parents are obligated to provide financial support for their minor children, oftentimes in the form of child support and/or contribution to child-related expenses. WARD FAMILY LAW, LLC, works closely with clients at the onset of their case to obtain the full financial disclosure of both parties to be able to properly and accurately calculate child support under the guidelines provided by Illinois law.
If your former spouse is refusing to comply with a court order, you can take legal action to enforce your rights. This is also true when the other parent is violating the custody or visitation agreement. If you bring the matter to a judge, the other party could be held in contempt of court and penalized.
If you are the victim of domestic violence, you can get compassionate support at our firm. We may be able to assist you with seeking a protective order from the court in conjunction with the filing a petition for dissolution of marriage.
State divorce law seeks to divide marital property fairly, rather than evenly. Because there may be a large disparity of income between you and your former spouse, as well as a substantial difference in individually owned assets and cost of living, the court may assign more of the marital property to one party than the other. You can influence the outcome by retaining an effective lawyer.
Family relationships are of vital importance in our society, and the legal system takes a strong interest in protecting the stability of families in the community. Having a family lawyer to advise you and provide representation can make a significant difference in the outcome of any type of dispute.
The term “fathers’ rights” refers to the innate rights that every father has to develop and maintain a relationship with his children.
Divorcing couples who are capable of constructive and respectful communication will often benefit from retaining an attorney who is trained in mediation to help them resolve any outstanding issues. A mediator will not represent either person but will act as a third party, neutral in every discussion.
You can petition the court to modify your final decree of divorce or other court order when some aspect of the settlement is no longer workable for you. Whether you need to increase or decrease the amount of alimony or child support, or if you are seeking to alter the custody agreement, you should seek the counsel of a lawyer who can help you make your request successful.
The parent who has primary custody of the children cannot usually move a great distance or out of state without approval from the other parent or a court order. If you need to move for work, to be closer to family, or for any other reason, the court will have to grant permission to do so. The non-custodial parent can attempt to block the move if it is not in the children’s best interests.
Some couples are afraid to discuss prenuptial agreements because they involve the possibility of divorce. Divorce is a reality, but establishing a premarital agreement does not necessitate a future separation. In fact, prenuptial agreements can be a growing experience for couples. Prenuptial agreements are designed to protect the financial assets of each spouse so that, in the event of a divorce, the couple will not have to deal with a complicated asset division dispute.
Illinois is an equitable distribution state, seeking to divide marital property fairly, rather than evenly. Because there may be a large disparity of income between you and your former spouse, as well as a substantial difference in individually owned assets and cost of living, the court may assign more of the marital property to one party than the other. You can influence the outcome by retaining an effective lawyer.
If you feel threatened by your spouse or former spouse, you can go to court and request that the judge issues a protective order. The other party will be prohibited by law from harassing or abusing you, and you will have the safety and peace of mind you deserve.
It is to your advantage to get an uncontested divorce if at all possible. In an uncontested divorce, both parties are in agreement about all the issues involved, including custody, division of property, and spousal support.
The first step to take when filing for divorce is to retain the services of a professional. If your divorce is contested or uncontested there will be many important distinctions to be made and legal counsel is a key component in that process.
I am writing a review because I think a lot of times people make the same mistake that I did at the beginning of my case. I had a wonderful talk with Jennifer before my case started and I was very comfortable with her demeanor and her explanations of the Chicago Divorce process. I decided to go with another lawyer because the retainer was a little lower. Big mistake. I didn’t really like the lawyer when we spoke but I was more focused on the money instead of the big picture. I felt like there was no communication during my…
My Husband, now ex, and I wanted a friendly, fast divorce. We had nothing to fight about and nothing really to divide. We thought that would make it easy but when we saw all the paperwork we knew that we needed help. It takes one piece of paper to get married and 100 pieces of paper to get divorced in Chicago!! Ward Family Law made the divorce a smooth process for us and got it done faster than we thought. If you want to be friends with your ex but still want the divorce then look no further and call…
I had a very complicated divorce with a lot of family-owned businesses and assets. Jennifer and her team of professionals help navigate the formal discovery and litigation process with great knowledge, strategy, and patience with all our questions. My family was very concerned about the impact and outcome and we are all pleased with the results. From the appraisers to the business valuators, Jennifer utilized the right people at the right time to shore up our case for the best settlement position at pre-trial. We were happy with the Judge's recommendations, we believe, based on all her hard work and…
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My girlfriend and I had a baby and broke up just after he was born. I did not realize that I was not automatically the dad in the Chicago system even though I was on the birth certificate. I am glad I reached out to Jennifer - she explained the process for unmarried parents and options to establish me as the Dad through paternity in the court system. She also helped with parenting time. Huge thank you.
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I knew that our custody case was going to be long and we would both be fighting hard for our kids. What I did not know is that the laws in Chicago had changed for custody and how that is handled in court. Jennifer took the time to explain the new legal terms like allocation judgment and parenting time and decision making and the steps that a case will require when the parents do not agree on anything for the kids. Once she knew how I felt and what I wanted, Jennifer and her legal team worked hard for me…
My boyfriend and I had a kid a few years ago. He was on the birth certificate so I thought we were fine and we were not. When it came time to get child support I needed to establish him as the dad with the court. After talking to WARD Family Law I knew that I needed a lawyer to get the paternity test, get child support and other money from him and set a schedule. They helped me understand how to help move the case forward so that we could get it over quickly and I really needed the…
I chose to hire Jennifer Ward after speaking with attorneys at several different firms. I chose her because 1) She's brutally honest, even when information being shared may not be what you want to hear. 2) She's very intelligent and experienced. 3) She's dedicated and tough as nails. On our initial phone call, after I'd shared with her some details of my separation, she shared some truths that hurt but were necessary for me to hear. I knew she wasn't going to be someone to hold my hand and soothe me (I have friends and a therapist for that!), but…
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