In 2013, Taylor Kaster graduated with honors from DePaul University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish. She then received her Juris Doctor in 2016 from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she was named to the Dean’s List and became President of the Chicago-Kent Family Law Society. During her time in law school, she was a judicial extern for a judge in the Domestic Relations Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. She also worked as a law clerk for a large family law firm in Chicago.
After law school, Taylor completed a clerkship for a judge in Hennepin County Family Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Through this work, Taylor saw countless cases from the Court’s point of view. This valuable perspective now helps Taylor better understand what judges believe is useful, how they consider cases, and which arguments will be most effective.
After her clerkship, Taylor worked as an associate at a law firm in Minneapolis. She focused her practice exclusively on family law matters, including high net-worth divorce, custody (allocation of parental rights), support and maintenance (formerly known as alimony), complex property division, business and real property valuations, non-marital property tracings, and various post-divorce matters.
Taylor is passionate about family law because it is more than simply a legal process. Family law encompasses the complex issues and conflicts that arise in relationships between people. Because these challenges are so personal and unique, Taylor is devoted to understanding her clients’ histories, short-term needs, and long-term goals. Equipped with this knowledge, she can strategically advocate for her clients during the most difficult times of their lives. If a successful settlement cannot be reached through alternative dispute resolution, Taylor is committed to assertively advocating for her clients in court.
Taylor joined the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C. in 2019 and is currently licensed to practice in both Illinois and Minnesota.