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.
Love and marriage. We needed a prenup because our families made us do one just to be safe. The entire thing was smooth so we could focus on our wedding and not be too crazy with the prenup. The agreement was drafted and reviewed by each of our attorneys, we signed and we were married. Woo Hoo. Thanks again, Ward Family Law.
10/10 is my rating for Ward Family Law. Jennifer and Emily went above and beyond in my divorce case. I cannot say more praise.
I lost my job but still had to pay the child support. I was scrambling. I talked to Jennifer Ward and she explained the process and the need to quickly file to put the court on notice that my child support needed to change. She saved me so much money in the long run while I looked for a new job so that I could start paying to help my kids again. Losing my job was not in the plan but at least my kids are on track.
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