The following organizations or individuals offer vital additional support that complements legal representation when faced with a divorce or separation.
The Lilac Tree
The Lilac Tree is an Evanston-based non-profit association whose mission is to help women and their families navigate and overcome the challenges of separation and divorce.
The Lilac Tree offers help four ways:
Individual Information Sessions for women at the beginning of the process, to help them assess their options and learn what to expect legally, financially and emotionally.
Divorce Workshops and Seminars including evening and weekend sessions in Chicago and the north and northwest suburbs, and our semi-annual Divorce University. Topics include what to expect in the divorce process, the role of attorneys, mediators and financial planners, what women need to know about finances, helping children through divorce, co-parenting, infidelity, making career transitions, reducing stress and more.
More Info: Workshops | Divorce University
Divorce Support Groups, led by a therapist, meet during the day or evening to help women deal with issues such as the emotions of divorce, isolation, parenting and ways of moving on.
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Free Referrals to professionals in our registry, including divorce attorneys who specialize in women's issues, divorce mediators, collaborative attorneys, financial and divorce planners, therapists who concentrate their practice on divorce issues for women, children and families, career counselors and social service agencies.
The Lilac Tree's services range in price from no charge to very modest fees. Partial scholarship assistance is available.