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
  • Sonny Thatch

    Thatch Law Group

    www.thatchlawgroup.com

    Sonny R. Thatch, II is a native of Cook County, Illinois.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from DePaul University’s Honors Program and received his Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.  While in law school, Attorney Thatch earned a temporary license from the Ohio Supreme Court and clerked with the Columbus, Ohio City Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted Domestic Violence, Traffic, Assault cases.  After returning to Chicago in 2013 and passing the Illinois Bar Exam, Attorney Thatch worked for the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County in the Criminal, Domestic Relations, and Domestic Violence divisions. Sonny can be reached at (312) 487-1171 or sonny@thatch-law.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.


  • Daniel R. Hernandez

    Walczak Hernandez, P.C.

    www.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.


  • 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) 561-5510 or at cal@chicagoadvocatelegal.com.


  • Emily A. Welter

    Law Office of Emily A. Welter, LLC

    www.eawelterlaw.com

    Emily A. Welter believes that access to quality legal representation should be available to all individuals and families, regardless of socioeconomic status. She formed Law Office of Emily A. Welter, LLC after being accepted as a member of the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Justice Entrepreneurs Project. Emily focuses her solo practice in the areas of immigration, family law, and adoption. She has successfully advocated for her clients before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the Executive Office of Immigration Review, as well as Circuit Courts around the Chicago metropolitan and suburban area. Emily approaches each individual case in mindful recognition of the clients’ goals and needs – emotional, financial, or otherwise. She is dedicated to ensuring that her law firm provides predictable, transparent counsel at a reasonable rate and maintains this dedication by offering alternative pricing and communication options that work for each client’s unique situation. Emily can be reached at (224) 215-6901 or emily@eawelterlaw.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 domestic relations 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 at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and CARPLS Legal Aid Hotline. Roya can be reached at (312) 945-6250 or at RHS@CarmelLawChicago.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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Martin Kaczor

    Szczypta & Kaczor Law

    www.skadvocates.com

    Martin Kaczor is an alumni member of the JEP. Martin is a first generation immigrant and understands the value of hard work and dedication. Having fled communist controlled Poland, Martin and his family settled in Chicago, where Martin earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his Juris Doctorate from the John Marshall Law School. While attending classes, Martin worked as a construction worker to put himself through college and law school. His practice concentrates on family law, real estate, and landlord/tenant matters. Martin is fluent in Polish and Italian and can be reached at (773) 205-2211 or martin@skadvocates.com.


  • Rufus V. Barner

    Rufus V. Barner, Attorney at Law

    www.rvbarnerlaw.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 773-609-1186 or rvbarnerlaw@gmail.com.


  • Janice Dantes

    Attorney at Law

    janice.dantes.co

    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 (815) 414-9530 or by email at janice@dantes.co.


  • Alejandra Vilchis

    Law Office of Alejandra Vilchis

    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. During law school, she worked as a law clerk for family law practitioners. Alejandra currently volunteers her time at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and at a local community center called Universidad Popular. The Law Office of Alejandra I. Vilchis focuses on the area of family law and also offers legal services for real estate transactions. Alejandra can be reached at (872) 529-1011 or aiv@vilchislaw.com.


  • Cindy Campbell

    The Law Offices of Cindy K. Campbell

    www.ckcampbell.com

    Cindy K. Campbell is a family attorney focusing on helping families with various legal situations. This consists of setting up wills and trusts, adoptions, uncontested and collaborative divorces, and mediating various issues including everything from child custody to elder law. She earned her bachelors degree in philosophy from Northwestern University and Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California. Upon graduating, she went on to earn the 120 Hour Mediation Certification through working at various courthouses in Southern California. Her practice focuses on being friendly, convenient, and easily accessible for clients that may have a difficult time meeting during traditional business hours. Therefore, in addition to the JEP office, she uses Regus Virtual Offices and can meet with clients all over Chicago and the Chicago land area. Meetings can also be held through FaceTime or Skype. Her goal in all areas of her work is to assist others by providing information, assistance, and care. Cindy can be reached at (773) 360-1928 or Cindy@ckcampbell.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.


  • 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.


  • Lisette Serrano

    Serrano Legal Solutions, LLC

    www.serranolegalsolutions.com

    Lisette Serrano is an alumni member of the JEP. Lisette received her B.A. from National Louis University in 2008 and her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in 2013. Prior to law school, Lisette received her Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate in 1995 and has worked as a family law paralegal for the past 15 years. During law school Lisette interned at, and was Vice President of, The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Clinic where she assisted people faced with discrimination in housing. Lisette also interned at the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic where she gained experience dealing with Orders of Protection. Lisette has seen the difficulties and frustrations faced by both lawyers and litigants, and has observed the many inequities that are part of the system. Lisette formed Serrano Legal Solutions, LLC, which focuses on family law, in 2014. She also volunteers her time at the Legal Assistance Foundation and CARPLS. Lisette can be reached at (708) 552-0823 or lisette@serranolegalsolutions.com.