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Geneva family law attorneyThe American Institute of Family Law Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of Illinois’s Family Law Attorney Douglas B. Warlick, Esq. as 2016 10 Best Family Law Attorney for Client Satisfaction. 

The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the "10 Best" list must pass AIOFLA's rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOFLA’s independent evaluation.  AIOFLA's annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process. 

One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys' relationships and reputation among his or her clients. As clients should be an attorney's top priority, AIOFLA places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of Family Law without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Selection criteria therefore focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of Client Satisfaction.

attorney-doug-warlickAttorney Douglas B. Warlick, who is also immediate past president of the Geneva Lions Club was awarded a crystal pin Service Award by the Lions Club International for his “World of Service”.

The World of Service Awards recognize Lions who represent our world of service. Projects and activities that are submitted should exemplify the objects of the association.

Douglas also received a 2nd award on January 13, from the Lions of Illinois Foundation for his achievements in growing the Geneva Lions Club which added 11 new members during his reign as President of the Club.

Domestic violence is a serious crime that can have long-lasting consequences. Every effort should be taken to end the violence as soon as possible. One of the ways to protect the victim from further abuse is to obtain an order of protection.

An order of protection is a legal injunction which orders the abuser to stop harming and stalking the victim in any way. Furthermore, the abuser is not allowed to come near the victim, and they may no longer reside in the same place.  If the abuser refuses to comply with the order, they must face penalties and sanctions which can be, for example, prison time or fines.

Anyone who has been abused by a family or household member can petition for an order of protection. Likewise, any person can apply for the order on behalf of an abused minor or a disabled adult as long as the abuser is a family or household member. The Illinois Domestic Violence Act also protects anyone who is residing or working at a private home or public shelter that takes care of an abuse victim. An order of protection can be issued even without there being any obvious physical injuries on the victim.

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Family Law covers the laws related to, and regarding families. This includes the establishment of family and domestic relationships, the rules for creating a union - be it domestic partnerships, civil unions, or marriage, as well as their termination or dissolution, and the ensuing issues related to this, such as alimony, child support, property division, custody and the like.

When one thinks of family court; marriage, divorce, adoption, domestic abuse, child abuse and other related topics generally come to mind. All of these issues, and more, are addressed in family law.

Family law is ruled largely by statute, but common law (law developed by judges through decisions of courts and similar tribunals rather than through legislative statutes or executive branch action) precedent plays an important role, as well, and these rules and laws vary from state to state. Although family court is the most well know judiciary body for this area of law, other courts and administrative bodies share jurisdiction as well. Many of the courts offer access to self-help services and legal forms for individuals to proceed without an attorney, but complications can easily arise and retaining an attorney is most often the wiser decision.

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