Legal & Divorce Support

Attorney Anique Drouin

at Sullivan Taylor, Gumina & Palmer, P.C.

Location: Naperville, St. Charles, Chicago, Illinois

630-756-5112

Anique Drouin is an experienced family law attorney who uses extensive training in alternative dispute resolution (both in mediation and Collaborative Practice) to help her clients through the major transition that divorce creates in their lives. She works to understand exactly what their goals and concerns are--and tailor her representation to exactly what they need.

 

Anique also has a variety of resources and referrals for clients to help with issues that come with divorce: therapists for emotional support; financial specialists; mortgage brokers who work with divorcing clients and more. She also works with traditional litigation and handles guardianships and adoptions.

 

A FREE 30-minute consultation has been generously offered to anyone from the MDW Community.

DuPage Legal Aid

Location: Wheaton, Illinois

630-653-6212

"Most of our volunteer attorneys are available for cases involving family issues, such as divorce, custody and child support, but we do also provide some free legal help in other areas of law as well. If you are seeking such help, we will need for you to complete a telephone or in-person screening with one of our staff to confirm that you qualify under the applicable eligibility guidelines. During this confidential screening, you will be asked a series of questions and asked to provide some documents to verify your answers.

 

If you qualify for assistance, you will then be assigned to a staff attorney or volunteer lawyer from the DuPage County Bar Association who will help you going forward. If you do not qualify, the staff member with whom you have your initial screening will help point you in the right direction for other resources. To arrange a screening, please call (630) 653-6212 or CLICK HERE."

Attorney Jane Nagle

McSwain Nagle Giese and Rapp, P.C.

Location: Wheaton, Illinois

630-407-1200

Jane E. Nagle is a founding partner of McSwain Nagle Giese & Rapp, P.C., and concentrates her practice primarily in the areas of divorce and family law in DuPage, Cook, Will, Kane, Kendall, Lake and surrounding collar counties.

 

Over the years, Jane has handled numerous pre-decree and post-decree divorce cases as well as paternity, child support enforcement, and contested cases involving the allocation of parental decision-making and parenting time. Jane is also experienced in handling Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases as well as negotiating various types of unsecured debts, obtaining excellent settlements for her clients facing financial hardship.

Attorney Mollie Peskind

at Peskind Law Firm

Location: St. Charles, Illinois

(630) 444-0701

"Mollie Peskind has an exceptional ability to think outside the box. As a result, she develops unique approaches to overcome road blocks to settlement. Creative problem solving combined with thorough preparation and relentless drive helps Mollie resolve even the most difficult disputes.

Clients appreciate that Mollie is a good listener and understands their fears and concerns. She lends an empathetic ear and is always responsive. She ensures that all her clients feel heard and understood before deciding on a course of action. Her clients regularly recognize her in client testimonials. As one former client noted about Mollie, “She is a skilled attorney, a good listener and a nice person. The problem with most client-attorney relationships is the lack of mind share the attorney has outside the few minutes they are working on your case. Mollie was engaged in my case and delivered effective documents and arguments in an extremely efficient manner.”

A FREE 30-minute consultation has been generously offered from Mollie to anyone from the MDW Community.

Prairie State Legal Services

Location: St. Charles, Illinois

"Prairie State Legal Services is an organization that offers free legal services for low-income persons and those age 60 and over who have serious civil legal problems and need legal help to solve them."

Rise from the Ashes

Location: Plainfield, Illinois

"At Rise From The Ashes, we strive to assist financially struggling women who are leaving an abusive relationship with civil legal matters such as divorce and custody. It does not matter how many times a woman tries to leave an abusive relationship, if she can’t afford to get a divorce, she will never truly be free.

 

To make matters worse, if she can’t afford an attorney to assist her in the custody issues of her children, she will likely set aside concerns of her own personal safety, and choose to re-enter the abusive relationship for fear of leaving her children alone with the abuser. Abused women are, for all intents and purposes, hostages in these situations – not only to her abuser but to the legal system as well."

The Lilac Tree

Location: Evanston, Illinois

What you can expect:

Our mission - Helping individuals navigate and overcome the challenges of separation and divorce by providing access to legal information, support networks and professional resources.

The Lilac Tree offers five unique programs:

  • Personalized Information Sessions: During a 60-minute private and confidential meeting with a trained Lilac Tree counselor, individuals contemplating or at the beginning stages of separation or divorce receive guidance to help them understand the legal, financial and emotional considerations involved in separation and/or divorce.

  • Divorce University™: The Lilac Tree offers a range of workshops, seminars, videos and webinars aimed at educating individuals on a variety of legal, financial, therapeutic and self-help topics.  Presenters are qualified experts in their field who volunteer their time.

  • Support Groups:  Licensed Clinical Social Workers lead 8 or 10-week groups in a therapeutic, compassionate and supportive environment. Groups serve to connect individuals facing similar challenges to share their experiences and learn from each other. Pop-Up Support Groups are one time meetings based on a topic or stage of the process.

  • Referral Program: The Lilac Tree maintains a vetted registry of attorneys, mediators, collaborative practitioners, therapists, financial planners, social service providers and more.  Referrals are made free of charge.

  • Self-Represented Litigant Education: The Lilac Tree provides general information about the law and the legal process to individuals who are not represented by an attorney.

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