The “Divorce Your Way” philosophy was created to help guide people with uncontested cases through the legal procedures and processes required to represent yourself as a Pro Se Litigant and commence the process to obtain an uncontested divorce in Cook County, Chicago, Illinois.
Specifically, for a fee of $510.00 you will meet for up to ninety (90) minutes with a licensed attorney who exclusively practices in the family law field. This private, in-office meeting will cover general topics such as legal procedures required to file a Pro Se Appearance and to proceed with an uncontested divorce; you will leave with the customized “Divorce Your Way” Pro Se Packet. The Packet will include the basics of the court filing, relevant court forms and/or additional online resources, online services, and step-by-step instructions on how to initiate a divorce action as a Pro Se Litigant in Cook County, Chicago, Illinois.
Divorce (also referred to as “dissolution of marriage”) is just that- the dissolution of the bonds of marriage between a married couple. Spouses seeking a divorce wish to terminate their marital relationship, thereby terminating or reorganizing the legal rights and responsibilities associated with being legally married. The process for obtaining a divorce is governed by the laws of the particular country or state in which one or both of the spouses reside.
Uncontested divorce is a divorce wherein the parties have a full agreement (obtained with or without lawyers, mediators, or a collaborative team) regarding ALL aspects of their case, including allocation of property (assets and liabilities), child-related issues such as decision-making and parenting time, and any support-related issues (such as maintenance and child support). If the parties can cooperate and present a fair and equitable agreement to the court, courts will almost always approve the agreement and grant the divorce. However, if the parties are unable to come to an agreement on any aspect of the case, it is considered a contested case, and the parties may request that the court decide any issues in dispute.
Pro se legal representation (/pro ‘si/ or /pro ‘se/) means advocating on one’s own behalf before a court, rather than being represented by a lawyer. This may occur in any court proceeding, whether one is the defendant or plaintiff in civil cases. Pro se is a Latin phrase meaning “for oneself” or “on one’s own behalf”.
If you answered YES to all of the three questions presented above, then you are ready to schedule your appointment for an Uncontested Case Meeting, which you must designate when calling WARD FAMILY LAW, LLC, as a signed Uncontested Case Meeting letter and payment for the meeting will be due in conjunction with making your appointment.
At no time shall this Meeting be construed to be the formation of an attorney/client relationship and is not a prospective client meeting, as all participants are seeking guidance to represent themselves as Pro Se Litigants rather than hiring an attorney as his or her counsel. Further, no part of the Meeting shall be construed to be legal advice, as the guidance provided by the licensed attorney in the Meeting shall be for the sole purpose of providing general information only in helping with the Pro Se Litigant process in divorce actions in Cook County, Chicago, Illinois. To learn more about filing for an uncontested divorce, contact the experienced attorneys at WARD FAMILY LAW, LLC, 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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