When people learn that I am a family law attorney, occasionally an awkward silence follows, along with, “That must be really hard. How do you do that work?” The answer is simple. Guiding people through a major transition in their lives while making the process less painful for them, and, most importantly, for their children, is rewarding. Navigating the court system can be tricky enough. Add in the powerful emotions that come with a family dispute and you need an informed, empathetic, yet cooler head on your side. That’s me.
Before I went to law school, I focused my studies in English and Psychology, then proceeded to earn a Masters in Teaching. After teaching middle school in the city of Baltimore for four years, and seeing my students struggle with personal matters outside the classroom, including poverty, domestic violence, and divorce within their family, I knew I wanted to have a career that would have a different impact on people’s lives. Within six weeks, I picked up LSAT prep books, practiced every night after work, took the LSAT and applied to law school. I started the following Fall semester.
Focusing my practice in family law allows me to provide my clients specialized representation in their most personal and emotional matters. I form a relationship that allows me to understand your story and your goals, so I can shape my representation to what you need. Nearly every case can use alternative dispute resolution, and for over twelve years, I have used my Mediation and Collaborative Law skills to resolve cases more peacefully and privately, with the goal of keeping more financial resources for the family at the end of the case.
Outside of my law practice, I enjoy spending time with my family, volunteering in my community, helping in my children’s schools, and international travel. I’ve traveled to 5 of the 7 continents so far. I look forward to meeting you and helping you accomplish your goals for your family. Please call me today.
Licensed in 2007, Anique is a Fellow of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois and has been named a Leading Lawyer in the area of Family Law. A frequent presenter at continuing education courses for her legal peers, Anique has recently presented on the interplay between divorce and guardianship. In 2019, Anique served on the local host committee for the International Association of Collaborative Practitioners 20th Annual Forum which was held in Chicago. Anique is an experienced litigator, Mediator, and Collaborative practitioner who handles pre-decree divorce cases, allocation of decision-making/parenting time for children (formerly custody), child support enforcement, pre-nuptial agreements, post-decree enforcement, paternity cases, college contribution cases, guardianships and adoptions. She is certified to serve as a mediator and a Guardian Ad Litem in the DuPage Circuit Court.