Family/Domestic Relations Law

Family law refers to rules, regulations, and court procedures involving the family unit and domestic matters. Court may be held at: The Daley Center, (50 West Washington), Chicago, IL or 555 West Harrison, Chicago IL

JEP lawyers working on Family/Domestic Relations Law provide services that may include:

  • Divorce (Dissolution of Marriage)
  • Marital Settlement Agreement (“MSA” division of assets/property/debts)
  • Spousal support (Maintenance)
  • Parenting time (Visitation)
  • Custody (allocation of parental responsibilities)
  • Establishing paternity
  • Child support-initial order and modification
  • Premarital/prenuptial agreement (“prenup”)
  • Modification to orders/judgments
  • Chelsea Herring

    Gaddis-Herring Legal Solutions, LLC

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    Chelsea G. Herring is a solutions oriented attorney focused on assisting individuals and families navigate their legal issues. Chelsea received her undergraduate degree from Howard University in Washington, DC and her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. Currently Chelsea is the principal attorney at Gaddis-Herring Legal Solutions, LLC where she focuses on assisting clients in matters involving divorce, child support and allocation of parenting time. Chelsea strives to obtain favorable outcomes for her clients by creating a legal plan tailored for each client’s legal needs. Chelsea can be reached at (773) 234-4068 or cgh@ghlegalsolutions.com.


  • Shunte Goss

    Law Offices of Shunte S. Goss

    www.shuntegossesq.com

    Shunte‘ S. Goss is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and an alumnus of the JEP. Shunte’ attended and received her undergraduate degree from Illinois State University. She graduated with a Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and went directly to work in private practice. Prior to law school, Shunte‘ worked with individuals in many different areas. She gained experience in problem solving as well as working through confrontational issues with individuals of all walks of life. Shunte‘ brings this experience to her private practice with focuses in Estate Planning and Family Law. Shunte’ will take the time to understand each client’s unique situation and specific needs. She will research the facts as well as the law, and advise clients on all of their options. Shunte‘ genuinely cares about her clients. She is committed to providing the highest quality of legal advice and support during what is often an emotionally-charged time in clients’ lives. Shunte’ is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association. She can be reached at (708) 794-8559 or lawhelp@shuntegossesq.com.


  • Daniel R. Hernandez

    Walczak Hernandez, P.C.

    walczakhernandez.com

    Daniel R. Hernandez focuses his practice on Family, Real Estate, and LGBTQ Law. His passion and focus in these areas has led to great client satisfaction. As an advocate, Daniel always asserts his client’s interests, adding focus to the client’s goals. Daniel is a member of the American Bar Association where he serves as Vice-Chair on the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee of the Young Lawyers Division. He also is a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association where he serves as the Communications Chair of the LGBT Division. Prior to joining Walczak Hernandez,  P.C., Daniel worked for Loevy & Loevy, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, American Bar Association, and Hon. Pamela Meyerson of the Circuit Court of Cook County. In his spare time, Daniel volunteers for Gigi’s Playhouse Chicago and enjoys spending time with family, boxing, and participating in intramural sports. Daniel can be reached at Daniel@WalczakHernandez.com or (312) 442-2225.


  • Timothy J. Walczak

    Walczak Hernandez, P.C.

    walczakhernandez.com

    Timothy (TJ) Walczak is an owner and founder of Walczak Hernandez, P.C. TJ’s unique focus and passion for his clients stems from over 16 years of public service, which leads to great client satisfaction. TJ concentrates his practice on family law and real estate law. TJ is honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force and has spent over 16 years serving the public both as a police officer and firefighter. When it comes to family law, TJ understands the emotional toll the issues can take on his clients and their family. He personally experienced divorce and the complexity of raising children in a two-household environment. This experience allows him to advocate effectively and empathize with his clients. TJ also understands the complexity of landlord/tenant issues, as well as the buying and selling of real estate. This puts his clients at ease while navigating the complex areas of real estate. Prior to joining Walczak Hernandez, P.C., TJ worked for the Honorable John W. Darrah of the Northern District of Illinois. He also worked for a plaintiff’s personal injury law firm. TJ can be reached at TJ@WalczakHernandez.com or (312) 442-2225.


  • Paul Lytle

    Lytle & Milan, LLC

    www.lytlemilan.com

    Paul Lytle is a partner at Lytle & Milan, LLC. Paul’s mission is to provide legal representation that is accessible, responsive, and accountable to the unique needs of individuals and families throughout the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area. In a divergence from traditional billing practices, Paul seeks to fulfill his commitment to accessibility by offering clients a range of customizable solutions that includes flat rate fees, unbundled services, and limited scope representation. Paul provides clients with comprehensive representation in the areas of Criminal Defense Law and Family Law. Paul also provides limited representation in matters of Consumer Law. As an active member of the community, Paul is extremely proud to provide pro bono services in conjunction with such notable non-profit organizations as CARPLS, LAF, and Universidad Popular. Paul can be reached at (312) 690-4111 or paul@lytlemilan.com.


  • Phillip M. Rutherford

    Rutherford Law P.C.

    www.rutherfordlawpc.com

    Phillip M. Rutherford is a passionate youth and family advocate. Before becoming an attorney, Phillip helped students and families plan for all forms of education beyond high school. In law school, Phillip focused on the intricacies of family law including special topics in children and the law, domestic and intimate partner violence, the legal needs of LGBTQ+, and alternative legal practices such as mediation and restorative justice. Phillip founded Rutherford Law P.C. to provide Chicagoland families access to affordable legal services that are responsive to their needs and sensitive to their budgets. His practice includes all areas of family law, adoption, DCFS, and school discipline matters. Phillip earned his Bachelors of Arts from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctor from the Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago. Phillip can be reached at (312) 878-7867 or phillip@rutherfordlawpc.com.


  • Mariusz Zatorski

    Zatorski Law LLC

    www.zatorskilaw.com

    Mariusz K. Zatorski (”MKZ”) focuses his practice on the areas of family, real estate and bankruptcy law.  He has been practicing law since 2011 and helps clients with complex legal challenges, but also offers limited scope representation, if it is in the client’s best interest.  Mariusz (MA-ryoos) joined the Justice Entrepreneurs Project and founded Zatorski Law LLC with the goal of providing access to justice for those who might not otherwise afford it.  This is why his law firm is committed to FIXED FEES, PREDICTABLE PRICING, AFFORDABLE and TRANSPARENT representation.  Mariusz does not believe in billable hours or cookie-cutter solutions to people’s legal problems.  He tailors his approach to clients’ particular situation and pursues their goals with creativity and determination.  Mariusz was born in Poland and speaks Polish fluently, but spent most of his life in Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area.  Mariusz earned his B.A. from Indiana University, M.A. from the University of Chicago, and J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law.  In his spare time, Mariusz likes to read, travel and play with his Basset Hound Etta.  Mariusz can be reached at 312-858-5005 or mkz@zatorskilaw.com.


  • Gerald Polanco

    Polanco Law, LLC

    www.thepolancolaw.com

    Gerald Polanco was raised by an immigrant single mother who dedicated her life to him and building their shared version of the American dream. Their shared dream for a more secure future for themselves and their community fed his passion for working with low-income communities of color. His roots from an immigrant family have moved him towards advocating for the rights of immigrants and their communities. Polanco Law, LLC provides affordable legal representation and payment plans because money should not be a barrier to a stable future for yourself and your family. Gerald can be reached at (872) 216-1335 or gerald@thepolancolaw.com.


  • Elise Harmening

    Harmening Law

    www.harmeninglaw.com

    Elise Harmening is the Owner and Principal Attorney for Harmening Law, LLC. Elise began Harmening Law, LLC as part of the Justice Entrepreneur’s Project through the Chicago Bar Foundation. Elise is committed to providing legal services for clients who do not fit into the traditional legal services model or qualify for legal aid.
    Throughout her life, Elise has found a real connection with working with families and youth.  She has personal experience working through the school system to advocate for accommodations and understands, intensely, what it feels like on both sides of the table.
    When Elise is not practicing law, she enjoys playing violin at weddings, coaching debate, and listening to latest and greatest podcast. You can reach Elise at (312) 379-5288 or Elise@Harmeninglaw.com.


  • Eleanor Endzel

    Endzel Law LLC

    www.endzellawllc.com

    Eleanor Endzel is an alumni member of the JEP. Eleanor received her B.S. from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in 2006 and her J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law in 2012. During law school Eleanor clerked in the Cook County Circuit Court’s Domestic Relations Division, where she saw time and again how people without attorneys stumbled through the trial process. Dedicated to serving people who lack access to affordable legal services, Eleanor formed Endzel Law, LLC in 2013 and focuses on family law with an emphasis on cooperative divorce. She also volunteers her time as a pro bono attorney at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and CARPLS. Eleanor can be reached at (312) 450-5260 or eleanor@endzellawllc.com.


  • Alyease Jones

    The Law Office of Alyease Jones

    www.alyeaselaw.com

    Alyease Jones was raised to understand the importance of community involvement and education. She received her law degree Cum Laude from Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School.  Alyease D. Jones is the attorney and founder of The Law Office of Alyease Jones.  Attorney Jones has serviced her community through her legal expertise. She is an experienced professional who enjoys providing her clients with quality legal assistance.The firm’s mission is to provide affordable legal services to those in need of counsel related to domestic relationships, including family law, DCFS defense, guardianship, and orders of protection. Our quest is to promote justice and guarantee equality to all clients while maintaining a high degree of integrity and working zealously to protect our client’s legal and constitutional rights.  The firm’s goal is to bridge the gap between the law and the community. Alyease can be reached at alyeasejonesesq@gmail.com or by phone at (630) 480-6580.


  • January Stramaglia

    January Family Law, LLC

    januarylawchicago.com

    January assists adults and children in resolving their family law cases, while offering affordable and predictable pricing. Whether her client is facing a divorce, parenting, maintenance, child support or other domestic relations dispute, she wants to work with them to develop a plan for legal services that fits their budget and meets their goals for resolution. She also enjoys working with litigants who are learning English as a second language.

    January joined the Justice Entrepreneurs Project in May 2019 to establish a law practice that was efficient and accessible to moderate income families. She graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina School of Law. Prior to practicing in Illinois, January became an attorney in 2010 in California and, in 2015, established a small law firm in San Jose, California, focused on family law.

    January is licensed to practice in Illinois and am a member of the Chicago Bar Association. January can be reached at (408) 800-7762 or january@januarylawchicago.com.


  • Christina Martell

    The Law Office of Christina Martell

    www.lawofficemartell.com

    Attorney Christina (“Chrissie”) Martell represents clients in adoption, minor guardian, parentage, and divorce matters in Kane County, DuPage County, and Cook County. She believes that empathy and trustworthiness are essential to client representation through monthly pricing approximations. When working with her clients, Chrissie listens carefully to the facts of the matter, identifies the relevant legal issues, and then explains her analysis of the case by illuminating how the relevant rule of law should be applied. She seeks to provide clarity to her clients’ difficult questions. She advises her clients of the possible outcomes, good or bad, and then zealously pursues the best possible outcome. Chrissie follows the example of the patron saint of attorneys, Sir Thomas Moore, by striving to be “able in argument, accurate in analysis, strict in study, candid with clients, and honest with adversaries.” Chrissie stays abreast of the changes in the law that affect her clients, and she utilizes legal technology to maximize her efficiency in managing her client’s cases. Chrissie attended law school at DePaul University College of Law.  She is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois, and she is a member of the Kane County Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association.  Chrissie can be reached by phone at (630) 423-6377 or email at chrissie@lawofficemartell.com.


  • Rufus V. Barner

    Rufus V. Barner, Attorney at Law

    https://walczakhernandez.com

    Rufus helps families resolve conflict without going broke. He began his career as a paralegal with the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing and earned his JD from the John Marshall Law School. He worked with the Office of the Cook County Public Defender before starting his own law practice. Recognizing the need to control client fees while providing excellent service, Rufus designed his law practice to be cost transparent and accountable to his clients. Rufus customizes his services based on the client’s goals and expectations, rather than cookie-cutter solutions. Rufus offers flat fee representations, limited scope representations, and comprehensive representation. Clients can expect reasonable attorney’s fees and focused attention, and assistance with child support, visitation, custody, and divorce. Let Rufus help you resolve your family drama. Contact him at 312-442-2225 or rufus@walczakhernandez.com.


  • Chlece Neal

    Chicago Advocate Legal, LLC

    www.chicagoadvocatelegal.com

    Chlece Neal’s passion for law is inspired by a desire to see social justice for everyone. She sees the legal system as an instrument for social change and wants to use the legal system to empower, inspire and help people see positive change in their lives, their families and their communities. Chlece graduated from Loyola University School of Law and the Graduate School of Social Work where she focused on child and family law and mental health issues as well as the criminal justice system. Chlece practices in the area of family law, child law, criminal law and nonprofit organization. With flexible office hours, including weekends, and affordable pricing options, there is no reason to go at it alone. Chlece Neal can be reached at (312) 646-5315 or at cal@chicagoadvocatelegal.com.


  • Janice Dantes

    Attorney at Law

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    Janice Dantes, JEP alumnus, is a solo practitioner focused on practice areas affecting families namely, estate planning, real estate, family law, and immigration.  As a proud Filipino-American lawyer with humble beginnings at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines, she is committed to serving her fellow kababayan with their legal issues.  As a board member of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago (FALA), she hopes to continue promoting the interests of Filipino-American attorneys and also pave the way for young Filipinos interested in a legal career. Janice completed her undergraduate education at the University of Chicago and received her JD from DePaul University College of Law.  She is also a wife and mother to a wonderful little boy who accompanies her to many of her legal functions.   Janice can be reached by phone at (312) 546-5077 or by email at janice@pinaylaw.com.


  • Roya Samarghandi

    Carmel Law, LLC

    www.carmellawchicago.com

    Roya H. Samarghandi seeks to recalibrate the balance of justice for her clients, regardless of means or circumstance. She has committed her career to reducing the justice gap for low and moderate income clients in their criminal and  and family law matters. She addresses her client’s needs through honest representation, committed advocacy and the option for alternative fee arrangements. Roya is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, graduating cum laude. She also holds a Masters of Law Degree in International Human Rights from University of Nottingham School of Law (U.K.), receiving merit honors. She enjoys volunteering with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, the Family Defense Center and First Defense Legal Aid.  Roya can be reached at (312) 945-6250 or at RHS@CarmelLawChicago.com.


  • Alejandra Vilchis

    Alejandra I. Vilchis, Attorney at Law

    www.vilchislaw.com

    Alejandra attended The John Marshall Law School and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her practice focuses on the area of family law. This includes premarital agreements, divorce, child support matters, establishing parental rights, parental decision-making (custody), parenting time (visitation) as well as adoptions and guardianship of minors. Alejandra currently volunteers her time at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and serves on the IL DCFS Statewide Adoption Attorney Panel. Alejandra can be reached at (872) 529-1011 or aiv@vilchislaw.com.  She is fluent in English and Spanish.


  • Jessica J. Bell

    Bell Advocate LLC

    www.belladvocate.com

    Tired of watching the people in her community lose rights, property, and access to loved ones just because they didn’t know the law or know a lawyer they could afford and trust, Jessica Bell left her career in legal ethics and founded Bell Advocate LLC. A life long Southsider, Jessica appears in Markham and at the Daley Center for clients pursuing or defending actions concerning divorce, child support, custody, adult and minor guardianship, wills, trusts, and other assets in the areas of: Domestic Relations/Family Law, Probate, Guardianship, and Estate Planning. Bell Advocate endeavors to offer affordable legal services to those whose income is too high to qualify for free legal services, but also cannot afford traditionally priced private attorneys. Contact Jessica now at (773) 234-2052 or jessicabell@belladvocate.com to learn more about how Bell Advocate LLC can assist you with your legal matter.