Blog: The Divorcerer Speaks

Money Can’t Buy You Love?

An academic study of American marriages found that among newlyweds of similar income, education and race, those with “flashier” weddings were more likely to get divorced.  Well, what do you think constitutes a flashy wedding?  According to a post in The Economist, “your wedding is meant to be one of the happiest days of your […]

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By | May 8th, 2018 | General | 0 Comment

Announcement of Ward Family Law, LLC: Welcome to the team, Tania K. Harvey!

WARD FAMILY LAW, LLC is proud to announce a new addition to our team! Please welcome Tania K. Harvey, who ​has exclusively practiced in the matrimonial and family law field for over 14 years, which experience includes court appointments as a child representative and guardian ad litem along with earning her certificates in mediation and […]

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By | May 7th, 2018 | General | 0 Comment

Jennifer R. Ward of Ward Family Law, LLC is proudly also an Adjunct Professor for the #6 ranked law school for Legal Writing in the Country by US News & World Report, 2019

The John Marshall Law School’s Legal Writing, Trial Advocacy and Intellectual Property Law programs have once again been ranked among the nation’s best in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools. John Marshall is one of the few law schools in the country to receive top 20 specialty rankings in three areas. […]

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By | March 21st, 2018 | General | 1 Comment

Fast, Finalized Divorce: Top 7 Tips

The Divorcerer Speaks Fast, Finalized Divorce: Top 7 Tips I often receive calls inquiring how quickly I can get a divorce finalized and the answer is always the same – that is entirely up to the parties seeking the divorce. Why? Are you both prepared to commence divorce proceedings? If so, are you both in […]

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By | February 20th, 2018 | General | 0 Comment

The Initial Consultation Conundrum

The Divorcerer Speaks:  The Initial Consultation Conundrum I provide a free initial consultation to prospective clients for many reasons.  There is the obvious initial determination:  are we discussing a matrimonial or family law issue?  If so, there are many things we must also consider before we can contemplate my legal representation. Compatibility. Strategy. Objectives. Goals. […]

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By | February 13th, 2018 | General | 0 Comment

Legal Updates for 2018: Divorce Court and Your Family Pet in Illinois

Until recently, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (“IMDMA”) was silent as to specific references to pets and they were often allocated as personal property in a divorce.  However, on August 25, 2017, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law, Public Act 100-0422 (the “Act”), which makes provisions in the IMDMA for the […]

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By | December 14th, 2017 | General | 0 Comment

The Laws and Terminology for Divorcing Parents

The Divorcerer Speaks:  The Laws and Terminology for Divorcing Parents We all know how the saying goes: “out with the old and in with the new.”  You may be surprised to know that I am not talking about your spouse; instead, I am talking about how the change in Illinois law and the terminology being […]

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By | November 6th, 2017 | General | 0 Comment

The Timing of Child Support Modification

The Divorcerer Speaks:  The Timing of Child Support Modification Has there been a change in your employment or income?  Are you failing to exchange income information and documentation each year?  Was your child support obligation entered prior to the change in Illinois law on July 1, 2017?  If you answered “Yes” to any of these […]

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By | October 31st, 2017 | General | 0 Comment

Amicable Endings: How divorcing couples who communicate can save time and money

For couples who are contemplating divorce or are already in the divorce process, an amicable ending can sometimes seem like a lofty and unrealistic goal.  The bottom line is, if you can still communicate effectively then you can try to work together to reach a settlement of your marital estate which can save you time […]

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By | September 19th, 2017 | General | 0 Comment

The Top 5 Reasons Couples get Divorced

The Top 5 Reasons Couples get Divorced I am often asked the question, “What is the main reason that couples divorce?”  Well, here is the simple, yet complicated, answer: Money. Whether it is a constant disagreement or an underlying current of frustration, a spendthrift versus a saver, money is a huge factor in many divorces.  […]

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By | September 14th, 2017 | General | 0 Comment

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