The Gold Standard for Modern Legal Counsel
At the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C. in Hinsdale, we take a modern approach to family law and divorce processes. We know that legal matters involving your family can be stressful and overwhelming, which is why we focus on keeping things moving efficiently and effectively.
Attorney Jonathan Merel left another family law firm in 2009 to start his own firm without all the busywork and needless legal jargon that often scares off clients. Today, he runs our law firm in an authentic yet professional way, unlike any others in Chicagoland. With our innovative methods and experienced team of family lawyers, we aim to make the legal process as stress-free as possible for you and your loved ones.
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Family law conflicts can take many different forms and types. Essentially, any legal dispute that involves yourself and a family member – which can include a person who is in a domestic relationship with you like a roommate – as opposing parties can constitute a family law case. You don’t need to scramble to find a law firm to handle your family law case, either. Even if your case is highly complicated, the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel in Hinsdale can take care of it.
Some of the most common family law cases that we can handle include the following and many more:
- Divorce: We can guide you through the entire divorce process, including property division, spousal support, child custody, and child support.
- Child Custody: In situations where parents cannot agree on child custody arrangements, we can help you navigate the legal system to ensure your children's best interests are protected.
- Orders of protection: If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, we can help obtain restraining orders and other legal protections to keep you safe.*
- Paternity: We can assist in establishing paternity rights and obligations for unmarried parents.
- Prenuptial agreements: Before getting married, it's important to consider prenuptial agreements. We can help draft an agreement that protects your assets in case of divorce.
(* Please be extremely careful when seeking help for domestic violence. The websites you view and the numbers you call can be accessed by anyone else who can use the same smartphone or PC. If you are in immediate danger of physical violence, you should dial 911 when possible. Once you are safe, you can dial (630) 318-2111 to speak with our family lawyers.)
Navigating the legal system can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to family law matters that will directly impact your close relationships and day-to-day life. That's why it's always a good idea to hire an experienced family law attorney, even for cases that seem straightforward on the surface.
Let our Hinsdale family law attorneys help by:
- Provide legal counsel: Our family law attorneys have extensive knowledge and experience in navigating the complex legal system. We can provide you with clear guidance on the best course of action to take in your unique situation.
- Protect your rights: We can work tirelessly to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the entire legal process. Your best interests are ours, too.
- Offer objective advice: Emotions can run high during family law cases, and it can be difficult to make sound decisions when agitated, worried, or distracted. An attorney can provide objective advice and helps you make informed decisions based on facts, not emotions.
- Handle paperwork: Family law cases often involve stacks of paperwork, including court filings, pleadings, and motions. An experienced attorney can handle all this paperwork on your behalf, ensuring that everything is filed correctly and on time.
- Represent you in court: If your case goes to court, having an experienced attorney by your side is crucial. We can represent you in court and fight for your rights every step of the way.
At our Hinsdale family law firm, we understand that family law matters can be difficult and emotional. That's why we're here to help you every step of the way. Our experienced attorneys have a deep understanding of the legal system and are committed to protecting your rights and achieving the best possible outcome for your case. Whether you're going through a divorce, dealing with child custody issues, or need assistance with any other family law matter, we're here to provide compassionate and effective legal representation that thinks outside the box and modernizes what you might expect from a family law firm.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward resolving your family law matter.
MerelFounder and Managing PrincipalJonathan Merel is an experienced attorney who advocates for his clients in all divorce and family law proceedings, including settlement negotiations and trials. Jonathan founded the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C. in early 2009 after working for many ...
Caballero DunnManaging PartnerTo clients, Melissa Caballero Dunn is “the best” and a “rare” family attorney. To our firm, she is the engine that keeps us running a smooth operation. As Managing Partner, The Law Offices of Jonathan Merel relies on Melissa to know what's around every ...
DelgadoPartnerKatherine “Kat” Delgado counsels her family law clients with knowledge and compassion throughout their cases, including during settlement negotiations, in court, and in other adversarial settings throughout litigation. Her goal with every client is to ...
DeSanaPartnerJackie is a skilled and compassionate attorney who is dedicated to helping her clients navigate difficult situations. Jackie graduated from Wayne State University in 2012 where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Jackie continued her ...
FitzpatrickPartnerAurelija Fitzpatrick believes that a large part of her job is being a problem solver. She also understands that people are often misunderstood. Aurelija has a unique ability to collaborate with family law clients by listening to her client's concerns, ...
KayePartnerBrad Kaye is a divorce and family law attorney who knows how to win. His clients rave about his preparation and support as their divorce attorney . Brad gives his clients confidence in court, whether it's with a professional athlete, music industry ...
MargasonPartnerCharacterized by her ability to navigate the always diverse circumstances of family law cases, Ashley Margason is a trusted family law attorney with a reputation for extensive knowledge and efficiency. A client’s family law needs are unique. Every case is ...
McSurleyPartnerWilliam’s demonstrated ability to exploit all aspects of the legal process to his client’s advantage has helped divorce clients avoid costly litigation altogether, or prevail when such conflicts cannot be avoided. William places an emphasis on using his ...
NortonPartnerJosie graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Psychology (2013). Josie continued on to receive her Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law (2017), where she was named to the Dean’s List and earned a Certificate in ...
TararaPartnerAnnemarie Tarara is on the cutting edge of LGBTQ+ family law issues such as second-parent adoptions and the dissolution of same-sex marriages, civil unions, & domestic partnerships. She also represents clients in obtaining orders of protection and in ...
ZwaskaPartnerDavid Zwaska is an experienced litigator who makes the law digestible for family law clients every step of the way. Sure, Dave has the awards and resume that make him look like a great attorney to hire, including clerking for the Honorable Judge Raul Vega ...
BerndtAssociateKelsey graduated from Michigan State University in 2018 with her Bachelor's in Social Relations & Policy and Women's & Gender Studies, where she found a passion for advocating on the behalf of those in need. Kelsey then attended Penn State Law, receiving ...
BroekemaAssociateMarleena graduated from Michigan State University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Theory and Women’s Studies. Marleena continued on to receive her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in 2018, where she earned a certificate in ...
CashAssociateJeffrey Cash has focused his practice exclusively in the area of family law since 2014 and has represented individuals in all aspects of family law matters, including divorce , paternity, the allocation of parental responsibilities , parenting time, child ...
DeanAssociateMitchell graduated from the University of Iowa in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a Minor in Political Science. Thereafter, Mitchell attended DePaul University College of Law, graduating in May 2021 with a Certificate in Business Law. While ...
Hartrum IVAssociateLaude’s approach to family law is both comprehensive and client-centered. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2017 and DePaul University College of Law in 2020, Laude was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2021. During law school, Laude ...
LeeuwenburgAssociateCora attended Loyola University School of Law and practiced as a 711 student-attorney with the school’s Community Law Clinic where she gained experience as a Guardian ad Litem representing children in court. Cora has always been interested in family law ...
RyterskiAssociateBorn in Rochester, Michigan, Paige obtained her Paralegal Certificate and Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in her hometown. By the time she was 21, Paige was finished with college and working as a Paralegal for a Criminal Defense firm in ...
TrabarisAssociateWill is devoted to guiding his clients through the difficult waters of divorce and other family law proceedings. Will knows that this process can be emotionally taxing and complex, so he prides himself on being a steady hand – as well as a clear head – ...
Melissa is personable, knowledgeable and reasonable... I completely trust her