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
  • Adoptions
  • Tiffany A. Horstein

    Family Forward Law, LLC

    Serves in Cook, Kane, Lake, and McHenry Counties

    Tiffany A. Horstein is a compassionate family advocate, dedicating her practice to helping families through adoptions, minor guardianship and assisted reproductive technology. After spending the first 6.5 years of her career litigating personal injury cases, Tiffany put her litigation skills to use as an attorney with DCFS. While there, she handled nearly 400 child abuse and neglect administrative appeals and learned the inner-workings of the agency. Diagnosed with Lymphoma and undergoing chemotherapy at the age of 31 gave Tiffany a new understanding of the struggles families can face as they attempt to grow. Her legal and personal experience led Tiffany to create Family Forward Law, LLC.  Recognizing the importance and urgency of these family situations, Family Forward Law, LLC offers predictable pricing and flexible payment plans. Let us know how we can help you move your family forward! Contact Tiffany at 312.529.8535 or

  • Sussethe Renteria

    Renteria Legal, LLC

    Serves in Cook, Lake, DuPage, and Will Counties

    Sussethe Renteria is the Founder and Principal attorney of Renteria Law Group. Her previous experience as a substance abuse counselor and clerkship with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office allows her to uniquely approach the cases she works on. Her background allows her to proceed her cases with empathy and begin with an advantage in negotiations for her clients.
    Sussethe does not only assist in the legal field, but engages in community outreach during her free time. Most of her community work is done through her partnership with a local high school to advocate for minority students in her goal to sever the school-to-prison pipeline. Sussethe also takes on the role of a mentor to students in high school, undergraduate universities, and law school. She believes greatly in giving back to her community and has proven so by providing countless hours of pro bono services to asylum seekers in Matamoros, Mexico.
    Sussethe can be reached at (708)669-9969 or This firm charges $100 for an in-person consultation.

  • Alejandra Vilchis

    Alejandra I. Vilchis, Attorney at Law

    Serves in Cook and DuPage Counties

    Alejandra has a Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois at Chicago Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also trained in Collaborative Divorce, Divorce Mediation, and Domestic Violence. Alejandra has extensive experience in family law matters such as divorce, parentage, post decree modifications and enforcement issues. Additionally, she works on adoptions (related and DCFS) and cases for guardianships of minors and disabled adults. Alejandra is an active member of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and Collaborative Divorce Illinois. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Latina/Latino Alumni Association of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Alejandra is bilingual in Spanish.

    Alejandra can be reached via email or phone (872) 529-1011. Alejandra charges for an initial thorough 45min consultation ($50). You can book a consultation here.

  • Daniel R. Hernandez

    Next Level Law, P.C.

    Serves in Cook County

    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 or (312) 442-2225. This firm does not charge a consultation fee. You can book a consultation here. Para español, puede reservar una consulta aquí.

  • Shunte Goss

    HBOG Law Group, LLP

    Serves in Cook, DuPage, and Will Counties

    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 (312) 779-0098 or This firm does not charge a consultation fee for the first 20 minutes.

  • Brian Gilbert

    Chicago Advocate Legal NFP

    Serves in Cook County

    Brian Gilbert is a Chicago area attorney specializing in housing, real estate and consumer law, and is part of Chicago Advocate Legal NFP. His practice is dedicated to serving low and moderate income individuals and families with landlord/tenant issues, including security deposit withholdings, evictions, bad conditions, and more. Brian earned his J.D. as a Dean’s List student at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, and his B.A., Cum Laude, from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He holds a Certificate in Health Law from The John Marshall Law School as well.

    You can reach him by phone at (312) 801-5918, or email at This firm charges $50 for in-person consultations and $25 for phone consultations.

  • Timothy J. Battistelli

    First Response Family law

    Serves in Cook, DuPage, and Kane Counties

    Timothy (TJ) Battistelli is an owner and founder of First Response Family Law. 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 or (312) 715-8853. This firm does not charge a consultation fee.

  • Rufus V. Barner

    Serves in Cook County

    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 This firm does not charge a consultation fee.

  • Amanda Carey

    The Carey Center for Justice

    Serves in Cook County, Kane, Will, and DuPage

    We are the Carey Center: Where you can find solutions and support for problems facing everyday Americans.  Amanda, our founder and Attorney at the Carey Center for Justice, has a deep passion for helping people and has been doing so for well over 20 years.  Amanda started her career in assisting others by working in higher education as a Lecturer at Washington State University where she taught Public Speaking, Linguistics, and Diversity courses.  Ultimately, Amanda became a President of multiple colleges across the State of Illinois and Indiana before deciding to go to law school.  Amanda holds a bachelors and master’s degree in Communication from Washington State University, a Doctorate of Higher Education from Northern Illinois University and a Juris Doctorate from Mitchell Hamline University.  Amanda strives to create a welcoming environment at the Carey Center where client needs are at the center of everything we do.

    Amanda can be reached via email at or 312-870-0098. This firm charges $150 for consultations that will be credited toward the bill if the firm accepts your case.

  • Eleanor Endzel

    Endzel Law LLC

    Serves in Cook, DuPage, and Kane Counties

    Eleanor “Nora” Endzel is an alumni member of the inaugural class of the JEP. Eleanor received her J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law in 2012. During law school Eleanor worked as an extern for Judge Michael B. Hyman (now a Justice of the First Appellate District) and the Honorable Judge Kathleen Kennedy in the Cook County Circuit Court’s Domestic Relations Division, where she saw time and again how people without attorneys stumbled through the litigation process. Dedicated to serving people who lack access to affordable legal services, Eleanor formed Endzel Law, LLC in 2013 and focuses exclusively on family law with an emphasis on cooperative divorce.  Endzel Law, LLC offers limited scope and flat fee family law services largely on a subscription basis.  Eleanor also volunteers her time as a pro bono attorney at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and as a Child’s Representative and Guardian Ad Litem.  Eleanor has been rated as a “Rising Star” by Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine each year for 2017 through 2022.

    Eleanor can be reached at (312) 873-1222 or and consultations can be scheduled directly at the firm’s website Note that this firm charges $75 for comprehensive case evaluations by phone or Zoom that is credited towards the client’s matter if you choose to work together.

  • Chlece Neal

    Chicago Advocate Legal, LLC

    Serves in Cook County

    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) 801-5918 or at This firm charges $50 for in-person consultations and $25 for phone consultations.

  • Jessica J. Bell

    Bell Advocate LLC

    Serves in Cook County

    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 to learn more about how Bell Advocate LLC can assist you with your legal matter. This firm charges a consultation fee between $70 and $100 depending on the type of case.

  • Chelsea Herring

    Gaddis-Herring Legal Solutions, LLC

    Serves in Cook County

    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 This firm charges a $25 consultation fee.

  • Paul Lytle

    The Lytle Law Group, LLC

    Serves in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, and Will Counties

    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 This firm does not charge a consultation fee.