Prior to retaining our family law or estate planning services, we meet with a potential client for a free consultation. During the consultation, we seek to illustrate the goals of Gwendolyn J. Sterk and the Family Law Group and to educate the potential client on the Court’s process relevant to his or her individual circumstances. Free family law and estate planning consultations are available at our Orland Park office for any potential client in Cook County, Will County, DuPage County, or Illinois communities.
In a divorce (also known as a dissolution of marriage), these issues may include, but are not limited to:
Other relevant topics for discussion may include, but are not limited to the following: business interests; financial accounts; inheritance; maintenance/spousal support (formerly known as alimony); non-marital property; personal property; real estate; retirement funds; stocks; vehicles; medical insurance; and objectives for an equitable division of the marital estate.
For cases involving children, (including paternity actions), the consultation discussion will include, but is not limited to, the best interest of the children, child care expenses, child support, parenting evaluations, holiday scheduling, medical expenses, medical insurance, mediation, parenting time and the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities. For paternity actions, our discussion may also include relevant questions regarding the Parentage of the child/children.
Post Decree matters or any other matter relevant to Domestic Relations, i.e. Prenuptial Agreements or Adoption, topics for consultation discussions will be case specific.
In order to ensure that the free consultation is comprehensive, we have developed Pre-Consultation Forms to assist potential clients in focusing on key areas for consideration and discussion during their consultation. Careful review and preparation of these forms will be helpful to most effectively utilize the scheduled time for your consultation. If possible, please download, review, and complete the forms, prior to meeting with our Team for your initial consultation.