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Julie Stephens

Divorce and separation Attorney at Saint John, IN

4.7   47 reviews

Licensed for 24 years

About Julie

Learn Julie’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    25%
    The decision to meet with an attorney to discuss a divorce is a big first step. From the time you schedule your first meeting I will focus on the issues that you bring to the table. I am committed to serving as your guide. Call today.

  2. Family
    25%
    As a premier family lawyer in the great state of Indiana, I have been helping Hoosiers with their family legal needs for years. When it comes to your most valuable asset, your family, call me today at 219.230.3627 and stop worrying.

  3. Child custody
    20%
    Child Custody and parenting time are some of the most emotional and complex issues associated with divorce and paternity. Call me today at 219.230.3627 for a consultation.

  4. Child support
    20%
    The parent that does not have physical custody of their child is usually ordered to pay child support to the parent that does have physical custody. Child support is based upon each parent's gross income, whether a parent pays health insurance, more.

  5. Marriage and prenuptials
    4%
    When we are considering marriage, a key goal is certainty. People take great care in choosing the person they want to spend the rest of their lives with. They want to know that they are making the right choice.

  6. Alimony
    3%
    I can help you with spousal support, whether you need to file a new case or look at updating your existing alimony. Call me now at 219.230.3627. You can't afford to wait.

  7. Uncontested divorce
    3%
    Making the decision to contact a divorce attorney is stressful. At Stephens Law Firm, P.C., in Lake County, Indiana, I am committed to working closely with my clients to understand their unique circumstances and help them make decisions.

Julie is a local girl born in Hammond, Indiana, raised in Highland and setttled in St. John.  After graduating high school in 1998, she attended Ball State University.  In 1992, she graduated cum laude with a B.S. degree in Psychological Science.  After college, she married her high school sweetheart and earned a Master’s degree in Psychology from Valparaiso University.  Before attending law school, Julie worked as the Director of the Sexual Assault Recovery Unit for the Porter County Prosecutor’s Office.

 

After working with attorneys in the Prosecutor’s Office, Julie decided that she wanted to join them and enrolled at John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Not ever shying away from taking on something at full task, she contemperaneously started her family of two children. After she graduated in 1998 from law school while holding the hand of her toddler girl and pushing a stroller of her 5 month old son, she worked her way to partnership at a local law firm.  After fifteen years of working in a firm, she has moved forward to own her own law practice and now the rugrats are in high school.

 

Julie is licensed to practice in the State of Indiana, the Northern and Southern District of Indiana and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Julie is also active in the Women’s Lawyer Association of Lake County.  Julie enjoys participating in her community as a frequent speaker at local middle schools on Law Day, acting as a legal liason for Scott Middle School in Hammond, Indiana helping teenage children learn skills of mediation during times of conflict.

 

Julie retains enough energy to attend every sporting event for both of her children. Ever a sports enthusiest, she is usually found cheering on her high school children at soccer, track and cross country & following the Lake Central sports teams in the newspaper.

 

What makes her tick:

Sports!!!

Interior Decorating

Cooking and Baking

 

Any beach

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Licensed for 24 years
State IN
Status Active In Good Standing
Acquired 1998
Updated 10/12/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Stephens Law Firm, P.C.
8051 Wicker Avenue
Suite B
Saint John, IN, 46373

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
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Julie received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
Posted by Michelle | October 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Lawyer
First thing, I cannot tell you enough how grateful I am to Julie. My divorce started a couple of years ago..Oct. 2015. I received my letter stating my husband filed for a divorce. My situation was very unique and complicated. I reached out to Julie and she along with her staff were nothing but wonderful. They passed no judgement on myself. Julie agreed to take on my divorce even though I could at the time only reach out to her via phone or email. She dealt a lot with my mom and as I stated her staff is fantastic. Julie is upfront and gives you all of your options, whether you like what she says or not. She wants you to know if you pursue this, this could happen. You will never enter into any decision without knowing possible outcomes. She really takes your case and puts forth more than her best effort. In my case, she exceeded my expectations. When my case started, I was not truly hopeful. I finally met Julie at a status hearing in April 2017, so for over a year and a half Julie worked with me on my case via phone and email. Through Julie's patience and persistence with certain matters, my divorce took a whole 360. One thing I will always tell anyone who obtains a lawyer, ALWAYS give them all the facts and let them decide what they need. Some things we may not think matter, they are actually huge and can truly help you. Also if somethings can hurt you, your lawyer needs to know to be able to properly represent you. We all make mistakes, but as always it is how you handle them, what you get out of them, and how you pick yourself back up after them that also matters, not just your mistake. Julie truly cares about her clients. She listens to what you want. She is very organized and communicates fantastically. Everything that was sent to his attorney, or anyone else was always sent to me. It is very nice to be included and updated as everything is going on. Her fees are very appropriate for her service. Remember divorces are never cheap, but when you are spending that kind of money you want someone who will put your best foot forward, listen to your concerns and advise you appropriately according to the law. I will end this like I started this I cannot tell you how grateful I am to Julie.
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Recommended with HIGHEST praise
I recommend Julie Stephens with the highest praise as a divorce attorney. Mrs. Stephens was an exceptional allie in my year-long divorce proceedings. I can honestly say that due to her diligence and tenacity, my divorce was settled fairly, swiftly, and without any unnecessary drama. She did her part to make sure the divorce proceeded on schedule at every turn, and she regularly updated me with any shared communications with my ex-spouse's lawyer and about any details regarding the progress of my case. She CC'd me on every correspondence to my ex's attorney, and I knew everything that needed to happen next in the proceedings as it arose. She was organized with checklists for me from the very beginning about what needed to be taken care of and decided, and she pointed me in specific directions, which was MUCH needed due to my ignorance of the process! During such a confusing and emotional time, she made it very easy on me by providing clear directions, giving much-needed information about my legal questions, and offering immediate feedback when I needed it. She was very knowledgable and was clearly working in MY best interest! I rarely had to inquire about "where we were at" about anything. However, when I did, she promptly replied and answered me clearly. She did not waste my time or money at ANY point in my year-long divorce. She was worth every penny! She replied to my emails and concerns VERY promptly. Her emails were clear and concise regarding the variety of questions I had about any curiousity or confusion regarding how to proceed, what was legal, and my rights as her client. At no point did I feel alone, confused, or like no one was in my corner. With two small children involved as well, she was sensitive to my concerns about them and made sure they were kept in mind throughout the process. She was the much needed rock I needed during such a difficult and trying time in my life, and she made me feel like I was worth everything I was legally due- and more! Her organization, straight-forward and friendly demeanor, and knowledge of the process left me feeling safe and VERY well represented throughout the entire divorce process. I cannot thank or recommend her enough!
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Posted by Christine | November 23, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Julie is an excellent attorney and answered all my questions even if it was multiple times that I did not understand something. She is very professional and knowledgeable and gets the job done. She makes her self available afterhours or on weekends too.
Posted by Ilija | October 6, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent experience
Everything she did was right on point. This is the second time I have been fortunate enough to have Julie as my attorney and would recommend her to anyone.
Posted by Frank | October 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
I am recently divorced and Julie handled my case. It was a very bitter divorce, but Julie handled it all with professionalism and always had my best interests and my childrens best interests as the main priority. If any men out there need a great fathers rights attorney, I highly recommend Julie Stephens.
Posted by Kevin Brown | June 6, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Legal Representation
Dear Julie, I wanted to Thank You for representing Me in My recent Court Case. You were always courteous and very thorough in Your communication with Me but most importantly You listened to Me and seemed to take My case Personally as if You were representing Yourself. I again want to Thank You for all You did for Me and I was Proud to have You by My Side. Thank You, Kevin Brown
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Posted by Tim | May 17, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Julie was very helpful and ful of information to guide me in the right direction. She also was very good with knowing the laws and guidelines to protect my right through this while process.
Posted by Nawal Elkhiraoui | May 12, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Simply the best
They are no words that can explain my gratitude to this amazing lawyer. I reached out to her at the worse time of my life. I was lost, confused, and vulnerable. She was the best person/ lawyer to address, getting me of my misery, and handling my case with success. She was impressive not only to me but to my opponent and his lawyers. I recommend her law firm to anyone. She is simply the best.
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Posted by Jeana | October 15, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Julie
I was well informed of all situations. Staff was very helpful and caring. Would definitely reccomend
Posted by Cordero | February 19, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Cordero brady
As a lawyer attorney Stephens knows everything she needs to know to secure the victory and even just as a human she knows how to listen and understand your problems, requests and issues like they were her own I’d definitely recommend Attorny Julie to any and everyone!
Response from Julie Stephens March 3, 2021
Thank you for the kind words!
Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Very Reputable, Professional and Awesome Firm
Very satisfied with my experience. Felt better having Julie on my side, than I would if she were on the other side of the table. Her staff is upfront, honest and patient. Always looking out for my best interest and not anyone else's
Response from Julie Stephens March 3, 2021
Thank you very much
Posted by Justin | January 10, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Very highly recommended!
Julie and her associates are A+ professionals. They help keep you at ease when going through what might be the most challenging time of your life (at least it was for me). It is amazing your thought process going into divorce compares to coming out. Being male, I went in thinking and already conceding that I would only see my children every other weekend. That of course is the result of cultural stigma. I had previously set my goal to increase that 2 out of every 3 weekends. That was all before I spoke with Julie. Julie immediately adjusted those expectations to something way more favorable to me and my future relationship with my girls. This is a LIFE LONG decision you are making when you sign a marital settlement agreement. If Julie had not helped me undertstand my options and reset my expectations, things could have been way different, and once you sign that agreement - there is NOTHING you can do about it. Julie helped me understand that - as long as you are a good father - you are just as much entitled to equal parenting time as mom. I think Julie having a Masters in Psychology helps with all of this, especially when it comes to reasoning with opposing party to consider a more equitable custody agreement. It is a HUGE asset to have someone on your side who has knowledge and experience in human behavior! Julie was also incredibly responsive and attentive to me. Not once did I feel like she was ever "dragging her feet" or putting me to the side. She was the absolute opposite. In fact, opposing party was always dragging their feet and Julie was incredibly persistent and vigilant with staying on opposing party to continue progress in our case. Julie was also always after my best financial interest. If there was anything I was ever requesting that was going to rack up time on her end (and thus $$ out of my pocket), she was always very transparent about that. She was always advising me on things that were of value of the time needed to commit and where I was likely focusing on dead ends. She was very up front and clear - even if she knew it was something I wasn't going to enjoy hearing. But she always listened to everythihg I would say and not just discredit or invalidate me. She wanted to full understand my position before responding and giving advise. Whatever the equivalent for "bedside manner" in the world of lawyers is - her's was impeccable. You want a lawyer who is great with negotiation. You are never going to get everything you want out of a divroce. You need a lawyer who can find a good balance of what is most important to you and what is of good value (eg. attainable). You want someone who can then go in and exercise good negotiation skills with opposing party to attain the best outcome possible. That is Julie Stephens.
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Response from Julie Stephens January 11, 2021
Thank you so much - I wish you and your family all the best
Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!
My experience with Julie exceeded my expectations. She guided me through a divorce that was previously not moving forward for quite some time. She is extremely knowledgeable, professional, responds in a timely manner and was overall fantastic to work with. Her staff was also very helpful, professional, and pleasant. I would recommend Stephens Law Firm to anyone!
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Posted by Lisa | August 17, 2020
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Kind, Reliable and professional.
Julie was the second attorney I went to after the first spent months doing nothing to further my case or work to resolve the immediate issues. When I hired Julie, things immediately began moving forward. She worked dilligently and reliably for me, protecting my interest and helping me achieve a good outcome. Highly recommended!
Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Julie Stephens, without any doubt, provided phenomenal service for me. She walked me through the process and answered any questions I had. I enjoyed working with Nicole as well. Both of them did a great job and I highly recommend the firm.
Posted by Scott | May 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thanking her is not enough
Everytime I speak with Julie (or Nicole) I come away more impressed and happy that I found them. It is a divorce. It is YOUR divorce and that makes it challenging for you. Julie is great at figuring out what your needs are for your divorce and also what your wants are. You aren’t ever going to get 100% of what you want, the other person might want the same thing. She works non stop to ensure you get your needs and maximizes as much as possible the wants. She will also be honest with you. If a want is not worth the money to make something happen, she will tell you. It is still your decision, but she will let you know the cost benefit of the matter. I appreciate the honesty in her. She is out to help you, not solely enriching herself. In short she is a great advocate for anyone that is going through a divorce. She is truly amazing. Thank you Julie and Nicole
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Response from Julie Stephens June 3, 2020
Thank you so much for the kind words.
Posted by christian | April 8, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Absolutely the best family law attorney in northwest Indiana!
I was going through a nightmarish divorce and child support battle, hired and fired four attorneys before I met Julie. Julie did in one month more than all four combined did in three years! Outstanding and professional and gets the job done. I wouldn’t consider anyone else to take care of my family law needs! I personally give her 10 stars for helping me through my horrific time!
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Posted by Wayne | January 6, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
From the start I knew Julie was the right lawyer to work on my case. She is very professional and detailed about what steps she's going to take. She always responded to my emails promptly and always answered my questions. I would recommend her without hesitation.
Posted by Rebekah | August 14, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Julie was extremely thorough and helpful through my experience. She copied me on all correspondence and gave great advice on what the laws were for our situation and always had my child's best interest first and foremost. Even after my ex's attorney withdrew from representing him and he had to seek new counsel she was diligent on updating his new attorney and sending over all paperwork, ensuring our dates stayed the same so we didn't have to start over or have any delays. Another great benefit is she has an amazing secretary Nicole that is always making sure you have all documentation that you may need. They are an amazing team making the experience go smoothly and efficiently!
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Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2019
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Empathetic and Professional, Expert in Family Law
Julie recently helped me navigate through some unfamiliar circumstances around emancipation and post secondary education accountability. Her knowledge and professionalism is unsurpassed and my family experienced a very positive outcome.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President/Owner
  • Stephens Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2013 - Present
  • Partner
  • Efron, Efron & Yahne P.C.
  • 1998 - 2013
  • Director of Sexual Assault Recovery Unit
  • Porter County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1993 - 1995

Education

  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • JD
  • 1998
  • Valparaiso University
  • Master of Arts
  • 1994
  • Ball State university
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1992

Legal Cases

  • Michelle Willoughby v. City of Hammond, Mayor Dedelow, City Council, Hammond Police Department, Chief Corey, Asst Chief Johnson
  • Settled after jury was chose in federal court
  • 45A03-0309-CV-365
  • 45A03-0404-CV-195
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Associations

  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Women's Lawyers Association, Lake County
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Women's Lawyers Association, Lake County
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Indiana Coalition against Sexual Assault
  • Member
  • 1994 - 1998
  • American Psychology Law Society
  • Member
  • 1993 - 1998
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • 10 Best 2 Years Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Client Satisfaction Award 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2013
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Client rating 5/5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Scott Middle School
  • 1999
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Publications

  • Master's Thesis
  • Do Masculine and Feminine Handwriting Styles Trigger Gender Stereotypes? The Effects of Handwriting Style and Expectancy on Ratings of Suitability for Graduate School
  • 1994

Speaking Engagements

  • Second Saturdays
  • Divorce Workshop
  • 2017
  • Speaker at Clark Middle School
  • Law Day
  • 2012
  • Speaker at Clark Middle School
  • Law Day
  • 2011
  • Speaker at Clark Middle School
  • Law Day
  • 2010
  • Speaker at Clark Middle School
  • Law Day
  • 2009
  • Career Day
  • Legal Profession
  • 2004
  • Conflict Mediators
  • Conflict Resolution
  • 2001
  • Law Day
  • Legal Concepts
  • 2000
  • Conflict Mediators
  • Conflict Resolution
  • 2000
  • Conflict and Mediation
  • High School Mediation
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (9)
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Julie for twenty years and have great respect for her work. She is a great advocate for her clients and I highly recommend her."
Child custody Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A truly excellent attorney well respected in the legal community. I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of her clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Family Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. I went to law school with this attorney. She was one of the most organized and intelligent law students in my class then and therefore it is no surprise she is an excellent advocate for her clients today. I live in Illinois, but if I have an Indiana family law case, she is the first attorney I turn to for my clients. She also happens to be a great person. This is even more important when looking for a skilled lawyer because she can relate to her client's real life issues in a compassionate way that gets results."
Family Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had a number of cases with Attorney Stephens as opposing counsel. She is always well-prepared, professional and an advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Stephens is one of the finest attorneys in her state. She is a strong and zealous advocate for her clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend her legal services."
Family Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer! I have the highest respect for Attorney Stephens. She is a very professional lawyer who works hard for her clients"
Family Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"During my years of practice I have had many cases with Julie. In each case, she is always prepared and responds timely to any issues that arise. While I have found her to be a strong advocate for her client, she also works to find fair and reasonable solutions to resolve problems. I endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Julie is highly respected by fellow family law attorneys, and you can see that her clients feel they are truly well represented. She is knowledgeable and compassionate about what she does for clients and families alike."
Family Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Julie is a fierce advocate for her clients. She is honest and fair, while incredibly thorough and detail orientated. Without question, Julie is respected by the judges and opposing counsel in NWI for her abilities."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had cases with Julie for years, she is always prepared and does a great job for her client's."
Family Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having worked beside Julie for many years, I have first hand experience witnessing the tremendous ability, competence and commitment she dedicates to her clients. I continually refer clients to Julie knowing that they will receive preeminent representation attributable to her organizational skills and tenacity."
Family Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Julie is far and away one of the best family law attorneys in this area. Many non-faimly law lawyers refer clients to her - which speaks volumes to her reputation in this field. Her knowledge of the law (and staying current on the law) is unsurpassed. More importantly, her experience in this field allows her to advise clients on how judges are likely to rule in certain matters, which is an incredible asset when planning a strategy for any case. I have no hesitation recommending Julie."
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