Joshua E. Stern, Esq. is the founder and managing partner of the Law Offices of Joshua E. Stern, a boutique law firm located in Evanston and Chicago and specializing in divorce, matrimonial and family law.
Whether you are preparing to marry or are leaving your marriage behind, Joshua provides the legal expertise you need while lending an empathetic ear and remaining sensitive to the individual needs of each and every one of his clients. Because every matter is unique, Joshua takes the time to listen to what his clients want and outline their options, so they know what to expect as their matter progresses.
Despite his extensive litigation experience, Joshua believes most cases can be settled out of court. A talented negotiator, Joshua knows how to strategize and advocate for his clients’ position without creating unnecessary antagonism.
A respected authority on family law and matrimonial issues, Joshua is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, Divorce Magazine and Your Tango. His articles have been featured in Since My Divorce, Divorce Force, Support for Stepdads and other well-known platforms.
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- Emory University
- J.D. (2010) | Law
- Activities: Student Legal Services; Law School Democrats
- DePaul University
- B.S. (2006) | Economics
- Evanston Chamber of Commerce
- Skokie Chamber of Commerce
- Chicago Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- The Lilac Tree
- Board Member
- - Current
- Activities: Chair of marketing committee
- Law Offices of Joshua E. Stern
- Law Offices of Joshua E. Stern Blog
- Marital Property and Retirement Accounts
4 October 2019
- Why Does Illinois Not Recognize Common Law Marriage?
3 June 2019
- Stages Of Grief And Divorce
1 May 2019
- I Want An Aggressive Divorce Lawyer
1 April 2019
- Litigating After Mediation Fails
1 March 2019
- I Think My Spouse Is Hiding Money
1 February 2019
- Who Am I Doing This For?
15 January 2019
- Divorcing A Narcissist: What To Expect And What To Do
1 November 2018
- Get To Know Evan Compton
11 May 2018
What Is Discernment Counseling?Parenting Schedules For Divorced Or Separated Parents
Figuring out parenting time can be one of the hardest parts of divorce. I discuss the most common parenting time schedules and provide examples of how they work.What's My Child Support For?
"Why do I pay child support?" It's a common question, often asked out of frustration. Fortunately, there's a clear answer. I talk about the difference between child support and child...Divorce and Unemployment
A spouse's unemployment can create complications during a divorce. I discuss a few different approaches on how to address the issue.Hourly Rates and Retainer Agreements
Some attorney retainer agreements permit the firm to change an attorney's hourly rate at any time during a case. I talk about why that's harmful to the client and what...Why I Hate Flat Fees
I don't charge flat fees because I think they're not in my client's best interests. I go into more detail in the video (and even more detail here: http://jesfamilylaw.com/blog/whats-wrong-with-flat-fees/)