Even if you feel completely ready to legally separate from your spouse, getting a divorce can be a difficult time for anyone. It’s absolutely normal to feel emotionally drained, worried about your financial future, and concerned for the well-being of everyone involved. Having the best Chicago divorce attorneys on your side can make the proceedings as painless as possible.
In Illinois, divorce is officially referred to as the “dissolution of marriage.” Regardless of where you got married, you can obtain a dissolution of marriage in Illinois as long as one or both of you have lived in the state for at least 90 days before you file. However, you can and should seek legal counsel before this time, so it’s important to find the right lawyers for you at the onset of considering moving forward with a divorce case.
Naturally, the first thing many divorce clients look for in a divorce attorney is results. They want to know how clients fare throughout the divorce proceedings, what assets they get, and how well their children are cared for. Every case is unique, and lawyers cannot give many details of past cases without violating confidentiality.
However, we know that several factors can change the outcome of a divorce. Generally, it’s best to look for divorce lawyers who are:
These qualities in a lawyer alone cannot guarantee you will get everything you want in a divorce. There are often legal issues outside the control of any lawyer. However, finding a lawyer who meets and surpasses these standards gives clients their best chances.
Jennifer R. Ward, Esquire, leads our divorce cases because she possesses all of the qualities clients need in a divorce lawyer and then some. Her expertise in family law is so profound that the John Marshall Law School looks to her to teach the next generation of legal scholars. She has also published in family law and continues to serve as a leader in Chicago family law circles.
This well-rounded experience and leadership translate directly to results for clients. Ms. Ward is excellent at finessing favorable deals through negotiation, which allows clients to avoid lengthy and costly trials. When the other party simply will not negotiate, she is ready to present strong arguments for her clients and command respect in the courtroom.
While each divorce is unique, there are two main types of divorce in Illinois: uncontested and contested. In an uncontested divorce, both parties agree on all issues and settlement.
In a contested divorce, the parties continue to disagree on some issues, even after negotiations and discussions.
At WARD FAMILY LAW, LLC, we know how important it is to find the best Chicago divorce attorneys to fit your needs. Contact us today to set up a consultation in which you can decide if we are the right fit for you.
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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