Family Law Services

Whether simple or complex, your issues matter.

Gaynor Law offers comprehensive expertise to manage the full range of family law issues. There’s no such a thing as an insignificant issue; if it’s important to you, it’s a priority to us.

Divorce

Gaynor Law represents individuals seeking to dissolve their marriages, guiding them through the entire legal process. We focus on three different approaches to attaining a divorce:

 

Collaborative Law
An out-of-court process in which the parties form a team with their lawyers, coaches, a financial neutral, and other professionals to structure information-gathering and discussions to reach full agreements on all matters. The collaborative team is in control of the final settlement and the process.

 

Mediation
The divorcing spouses work with a third-party neutral, a mediator, to reach an agreement; Gaynor Law may represent one of the spouses. Our attorneys may participate in sessions and always prepare our clients for each session.

 

Litigation
A traditional courtroom process in which Gaynor Law and the other spouse’s attorney gather evidence, and prepare and present their cases before a judge, who is the final decision-maker through hearings on interim issues and trial.

Contested Hearings and Trials

When parties are unable to resolve issues between themselves or between their attorneys, they turn to the courts. Hearings and trials require each side to provide testimony and evidence to support and/or defend claims. The judge decides the issue after considering the evidence and arguments presented by each party.

Appeals

We help an individual after a trial or final hearing to appeal a judge’s ruling in order to achieve a different outcome. We assess whether the court’s rulings warrant an appeal, or defend against appeals filed by the opposing party.

Post-Decree Matters

We help clients address enforcement and modification issues that may arise after a judgment or final order is entered.

Pre-Marital Agreements and Education

We assist the bride or groom in discussing financial issues that may arise in the course of a marriage, and when appropriate, help them create an agreement governing financial issue in the event of a dissolution of marriage or death of a spouse.

Post-Nuptial Agreements

One of the spouses meets with Gaynor Law to create an agreement to manage their rights and all financial obligations to help them avoid divorce. In the event reconciliation efforts aren’t successful and their marriage is dissolved in the future, the agreement will be honored and implemented.

Pre-Divorce Planning

In the event parties are preparing for a divorce, we help them determine what information and documents to gather and anticipate issues that are likely to arise. Gaynor Law also consults with individuals who may be contemplating a divorce to educate them about the process and financial and parenting issues.

Domestic Violence Matters

We help parties who are in abusive and violent situations seek Orders of Protection and help the plan a course of action to secure their and their children’s safety. We also help assemble a team of professionals to guide them through this process.

Uncontested Matters

When parties have already reached agreement, such as after completing mediation, we work with them to enter agreed orders and judgments, ensure they have covered all issues, and resolve previously unidentified issues.

Mediator Services

We facilitate settlement with expertise and care.

The choice of a mediator is an important one for families intending to resolve their matters through the mediation process. Gaynor Law offers the services of Tamara (“Tami”) Jaggers, a mediator whom you—and your attorneys—can choose with confidence.

 

Tami’s dual capabilities as both a trained mediator and an experienced family law attorney are beneficial to you. Tami ensures that the settlements she facilitates in mediation address all the issues. Her attention to detail covers items that might otherwise be missed and potentially cause discord and costly delays later on. In addition, Tami knows the law and updated statutes, and creative techniques to resolve issues.

 

With financial matters, Tami is adept at preparing worksheets and balance sheets that help you compare settlement scenarios and visualize how assets and liabilities can be allocated. If one party has more financial knowledge than the other, or for more complex matters, Tami can include neutral financial experts to facilitate information gathering, analysis and resolution.

 

When children are involved, Tami helps the spouses design a parenting program that addresses allocation of decision making responsibilities and parenting time. In doing so, Tami makes available worksheets the parents can use in the design of their plan. Further, Tami will prepare a detailed memorandum of understanding (MOU) once agreements are reached, which will be a necessary tool for (the drafting of) a final parenting allocation judgment.

 

Tami emphasizes flexibility in designing a mediation structure to accommodate each unique case. The number and length of sessions, and whether the mediator works with both parties in a room together or shuttles back-and-forth between private meetings are among the variables you can determine. Tami will conduct mediation sessions directly with you and your spouse without your lawyers present, or “attorney participation” mediation.

 

Tami further distinguishes her services by providing a written summary after each session, whether agreements were reached on some or all of the issues, and what “homework” you are to complete before the next session.

 

Mediation is usually less costly and more efficient than litigation. You control the process, not the court, so the outcome is in your hands. And because you are working together on solutions instead of being pitted against each other as adversaries, mediation is a more healthy process, especially when children are involved.

 

With service that goes above and beyond other options in the Chicago area and an affordable fee structure, Tami is your premiere choice to create a thorough and holistic mediated settlement.