The historic United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges decided in 2015 that marriage is no longer limited to heterosexuals. This expands the same rights and responsibilities to the LGBTQIA community concerning marriage and divorce as those of heterosexual marriage. However, there are unique challenges in LGBTQIA marriages, particularly when minor children are involved. WARD FAMILY LAW, LLC, has been an ongoing advocate for these basic rights and is well-versed in understanding and working through the complications that may arise.
Prior to the historic United States Supreme Court decision in 2015, the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act went into effect on June 1, 2011, making civil unions legal in the State of Illinois. This law allowed same-sex and heterosexual couples to enter into civil unions and granted them the same legal obligations, responsibilities, protections, and benefits provided to spouses in a marriage, whether they came from statute, administrative rule, policy, common law, or any other source of civil or criminal law. Illinois recognized civil unions, which afforded same-sex and opposite-sex couples a legal status similar to marriage. WARD FAMILY LAW, LLC, has handled the dissolution of civil unions and same-sex marriages and has the knowledge to provide you with guidance and answers during this process, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
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.
I knew that since I made more money I would be the one that had to pay alimony. I was not happy about it. I also thought I would have to give everything we had too - the house, the car, the dog, all of my retirement. Wow, was I wrong. Ward Family Law negotiated the best deal I could have hoped for. The divorce is over and I was able to move on instead of completely having to start over.
My boyfriend and I lived together for 10 years and had 3 kids. I did not realize that him being on the birth certificate was not enough. What? Yep! In Illinois we needed a VAP or a court ordered DNA to make him the Father. Ward Family Law took care of it all and then set up parenting time and child support after our break up. Big thanks to Jennifer.
The last of my kids was graduating high school and I knew it was my job to file with the court to stop child support payments and I also knew that if I wanted my ex to help with college costs then I had to file something with the court for that too. Ward Family Law was a one-stop shop. They drafted and filed everything I needed and saved me a fortune in the long run. So, run, don't walk to Jennifer and her team to get it done.
It was quick and easy and those are two words I did not think I would say about my divorce. We are still friendly too. We just were not meant to be together anymore. Ward Family Law made sure to draft the documents with the terms that we agreed on which kept us on good terms and there was no fighting. I cannot recommend them enough if you are looking for a clean, honest, quick, easy divorce.
We were set to get married in a little over a month and my family insisted on a premarital agreement. On my very first call Jennifer explained the entire process and timing. They hit the ground running and got everything completed and signed well before our wedding date. That made everything much less stressful so I thank them so much for their professionalism and timeliness.
Our plan was to get married after the baby was born and then a year later we still were not married and we were going our separate ways. I had no idea that the birth certificate alone did not make me the legal parent of our baby in Illinois. Luckily, Ward Family Law handles these cases and established paternity through a DNA test and submitted the results to the court. We now have an agreement on time with our kids and support too.
Cannot recommend Jennifer, Emily and the entire team at Ward Family Law enough. If you have a divorce, custody or other family law matter then stop looking. They will have your back until the end. While my case was messy, they kept it on track and brought it through to the end. It was the best that I could have hoped for.
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