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.
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