JENNIFER PARKS

JENNIFER PARKS

ASSOCIATE
Jennifer Parks advocates for the families she serves with one goal in mind: ensuring that they emerge from their experience with a fresh start on life’s next chapter. When a client faces difficult times, Jennifer focuses on seeking a peaceful resolution that encompasses the best interests of all parties involved, especially the well-being and welfare of the children. 

Jennifer has personal experience with divorce, as she navigated the struggles that inevitably accompany divorcing parents. Jennifer’s first exposure to the study and practice of family law came as she was offering emotional support to a family member going through a difficult divorce. As she learned more about the importance of sound legal guidance to obtaining a good resolution, Jennifer discovered her own professional passion: using the law to aid those in life-altering circumstances, that she too has experienced before. 

Jennifer handles various issues related to family law, including, but not limited to, child support and maintenance, custody/allocation of parental responsibilities, distribution and dissipation of marital assets, and paternity suits. She also focuses on the financial aspects of divorce, including analysis of complex financial matters, in their various forms. 

Prior to pursuing her career in family law, Jennifer worked at a governmental consulting firm for two prominent lobbyists who were former Speakers of the House in her home state of Michigan. Jennifer joined DSWK in 2016 as a law clerk while obtaining her Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University College of Law. While in law school, she completed a judicial externship for the Honorable Thomas J. Kelley of the Cook County Circuit Court where she drafted court orders, reviewed documents and exhibits, assisted in writing and conducting research for judgments. She later became an associate attorney with DSWK upon her graduation.
EDUCATION
  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law
  • B.A., Michigan State University – International Relations
  • B.A., Michigan State University – Comparative Cultures & Politics

MEMBERSHIPS
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
  • Chicago Bar Association

“It takes the right temperament to be an effective divorce attorney. You have to be able to empathize with all parties to the process, so it helps if you’ve done more than just study the law. You need to understand its impact on people’s lives.”
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