Divorce (the action or instance of legally dissolving a marriage) in Illinois is referred to as Dissolution of Marriage and is categorized as a contested divorce or an uncontested divorce. WARD FAMILY LAW, LLC, represents clients of various personal and professional backgrounds with each client having their own unique issues and concerns, but all are going through the same divorce process. With Jennifer R. Ward, Esquire leading the way on your case, you have legal counsel with extensive law school classroom teaching, professional lecturing, publishing, negotiation, and courtroom experience, which provides clients with well-rounded representation.
In a contested divorce, the parties disagree on at least one of the main issues. In an uncontested divorce, the parties can agree on all of the issues and need guidance negotiating and drafting the final documentation. WARD FAMILY LAW, LLC, can streamline an uncontested divorce case by guiding the client through the steps that are necessary to ensure that the case is concluded with well-written, mutually agreeable documentation in a timely fashion. We also handle highly contested matters and are fully committed to litigating on behalf of our clients, when necessary, to ensure our clients obtain favorable results under the law.
WARD FAMILY LAW, LLC, will help you navigate the divorce process from start to finish, and we will ensure that you are being personally guided through every step. We understand family dynamics and how emotionally draining the divorce can be; we will take the time to understand your needs, concerns, and objectives and how that will impact you and your family. The complexities of the divorce process and implications are not lost on a law firm that handles these cases every day, which allows our clients to have access to attorneys that are both compassionate and experienced in the family law field.
In order to file for a Dissolution of Marriage in Illinois, one of the spouses must be a resident of Illinois for at least 90 days and must meet jurisdictional requirements. The grounds for divorce in Illinois are now irreconcilable differences, specifically defined as “causing the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage and the court determines that efforts at reconciliation have failed or that future attempts at reconciliation would be impracticable and not in the best interests of the family.”
If the parties lived “separate and apart” for at least six consecutive months immediately preceding the entry of the judgment dissolving the marriage, there is an irrefutable presumption that the requirement of irreconcilable differences has been met. In Illinois, living “separate and apart” does not simply mean the parties have physically lived in separate residences- this legal term refers more to the parties’ mindsets with regard to the breakdown of their marriage. Living separate and apart can include spouses living together but believing that the marriage has irretrievably broken down for a period of at least six months prior to the entry of a judgment for divorce.
In obtaining the final Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage, any such judgment cannot be entered unless the court has jurisdiction and has considered, approved, reserved or made provision for the allocation of parental responsibilities, the support of any child of the marriage entitled to support, the maintenance of either spouse and the disposition of property. The court will enter a Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage that reserves any of these issues either by agreement of the parties or motion of either party that the court finds appropriate circumstances exist. Our expertise allows you to meet, and often surpass, your goals in obtaining a dissolution of marriage. Contact our experienced attorneys at WARD FAMILY LAW, LLC, to schedule a consultation today.
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.
We already split up all our accounts and had no debt. We just needed the paperwork for the divorce. We started it on our own and then realized just how complicated it all was and needed to make sure it would get accepted by the divorce court. In came Jennifer and she explained the "friendly" divorce process that they oftentimes do and that allowed us to get it all done on our terms and fast.
When our child graduated high school I needed a lawyer to file papers to stop my child support payments and to figure out how we were going to pay for college. Jennifer at Ward Family Law got everything together and filed with the court. From start to finish it was smooth and by filing at the right time my child support payments did not continue for months and months. That saved me so much money - enough to cover the retainer in the first place. Well worth it to do it right
My kid was graduating high school and I needed to end my child support obligation and also needed to get money for college costs and expenses. While these are two different things, the attorneys at Ward Family Law handled the court filings and had the right order entered by the Judge terminating my child support obligation and then also got a contribution order entered for college costs and expenses. What a relief and I cannot say enough good things about the family law team.
I wanted a legal team that could do it all since I didn't know which way it would go. I was unsure about mediation, settlement, or litigation and my research showed that they could do it all. They did. Mediation was guided by my attorney, Jennifer, at Ward Family Law and although it was not a great outcome it was because the other side would not compromise. No problem. Jennifer transitioned the case to litigation to push for what I knew was right and what I knew I needed to fight for. We fought the good fight for my kids…
I am already a very anxious person. Ward Family Law walked me through the process and was with me every step of the way. Emily is patient and communicative. She would call or email me back the same day and made sure I was comfortable. The divorce was a difficult time but she made it so much better and I couldn't be happier about the outcome.
We were getting married in a month and needed to get our premarital agreement done quickly but also done right. Ward Family Law got us a list of talking points for me and my fiance to figure out what we wanted included and they walked me through the financial disclosures and other things that have to get done to make sure the premarital agreement is valid. Otherwise, what is the point, right? They did the draft of the premarital agreement and since we had talked through it with their guidance prior it made the entire process so easy. Highly recommend!!
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