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'm so thankful that I found Jennifer and her awesome team to help me with my divorce! It was incredibly stressful and scary to go through this process, especially with two little ones, but she has given me the support and confidence that I need. She is extremely intelligent, level-headed, supportive, and reasonable! I was anxious in the beginning thinking that I would have to go to court, but she gave me the peace of mind that I needed to get thru it and not be anxious. I would highly recommend her to anyone going through this difficult process. I…
She is a nice lawyer. She helped me to fix my passport issue among other things, including family problems.
Initially, I'd thought to navigate through troubled waters on my own in the divorce process due to the cost. I hadn't before needed representation in any court case, and, not being familiar with the costs involved in having a lawyer, I was worried about moving forward with one. My fear was the expense. I felt comfortable with Jennifer Ward from the moment I first spoke with her - contacting her to set up a consultation costs you nothing. In the end, the retainer and fees spent to end my case on a high note were worth every penny. They sent…
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