If divorce is on your mind – whether you believe divorce is imminent or you are considering the possibility – it’s a good time to consult with an experienced divorce lawyer. The fact is that the terms of your divorce will significantly affect not only your financial future but also your home life and schedule with your children. If you have thought that you want to contact a divorce lawyer near you, there is no reason to delay reaching out.
Consulting with a divorce lawyer is not a commitment to divorce. In actuality, once faced with the reality of divorce and its effects, many couples redouble their efforts and commit to making their marriages work. If you do determine that you need a divorce, however, having already consulted with a knowledgeable divorce lawyer leaves you better prepared to move forward with purpose.
Your divorce will follow its own unique course, but the terms that must be addressed and resolved in the process remain the same, including:
Any one of these terms can play a significant role in you and your children’s future, which makes working closely with an accomplished divorce lawyer the best path forward.
A lawyer can help you explore whether you and your spouse can reach an out-of-court agreement on the above issues, which can prevent the need for court intervention and save you resources. If one or more issues remain contested, we can protect your rights in court.
The divorce lawyers at WARD FAMILY LAW, LLC in Chicago understand how vulnerable the prospect of divorce can make you feel, and we’re committed to helping you better understand the process, how your divorce would most likely proceed, and your best first steps if you do decide that a divorce is right for you. Our legal team will remain by your side every step of the way, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information today.
I knew we were going to have a custody battle from day one. It was going to be mean and messy and expensive and long. I did not know if I could handle it but I had to do it for my kids. Jennifer litigated my case to the end - we had an attorney for the kids, we had psych evaluations, we had reports for the Judge, we had court date after court date. She was strategic, smart, planned well ahead, and kept on top of everything. Thanks to her and her legal eagles my kids are in a…
We were not married but had two kids and we were both listed as the parents on the birth certificates. What I did not know at the time was that the birth certificate (for parents who are not married) does not count in Chicago! You have to have a paternity test or have signed some special paperwork at the hospital that we did not know about at the time. Ward Family Law prepared the court filings so that we could establish our parental rights. Thank you!
At the end of my divorce case I realized that the paperwork required us to provide the court with a Qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) in order for our retirement and investment accounts to be divided as we had agreed. The problem was that we did not have them done in time. Jennifer and her team stepped in and handled contacting the plan administrators, completing the draft QDROs, submitting them for pre-approval of everyone and then presenting them to the court. While we had hoped this was super easy there were a lot of steps and a lot of things…
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