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Annemarie Tarara

Divorce and separation Attorney at Highland Park, IL

5.0   29 reviews

also known as Anne Marie Tarara


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About Annemarie

Learn Annemarie’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    45%
    Child Support, Maintenance, Division of Property and Allocation Judgments (f/k/a Custody)

  2. Adoption
    15%
    Second parent adoptions and Co-parent adoptions.

  3. Domestic violence
    15%
    Orders of Protection and Civil No Contact Orders

  4. LGBT+ Law
    15%
    Same-sex divorce, Same-sex co-parenting, and Same-sex Orders of Protection.

  5. Family
    5%

  6. Uncontested divorce
    5%

Your world has been turned upside down, you don't know where to turn, and you need someone to help you navigate your family law issues. With compassion, knowledge, and skill, I can guide you through this process and start you back on a positive path. Email or call me and let's get to work.

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Licensed for 19 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2003
Updated 01/06/2023

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

Contact Annemarie

Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C.
595 Elm Place
Suite 225
Highland Park, IL, 60035

Reviews

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Posted by Nicole | December 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer, Highly Recommend!!!
We are so thankful to have hired Annemarie Tarara for our adoption case. She is very informative, compassionate, knowledgeable, and amazing to work with. She is always willing to help and answer our questions or concerns. When it came to our court date, she made us feel very comfortable and made the adoption process for our daughter seem like a breeze! Thank you again for everything you have done for our family. Consider hiring Annemarie, you will not regret having phenomenal woman to represent you!
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Posted by Victor | October 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fierce Attorney Who Will Fight For You
Annemarie, simply put, is incredible. From day one of our custody case, she heard me, she got me, and knew how to translate my needs into a cogent case. As a gay transgender man, this is not something I take lightly on any day, but least of all in the past year of fighting for primary custody of my son. She is fierce, tenacious, and will tell you exactly what it is. She strikes that difficult balance between being incredibly direct and yet not insensitive. And she battled for my son and I--tooth and nail--with confidence, skill and most importantly, success. Endless gratitude to you Annemarie.
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Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Look no further!
I have had the privilege of working with Annemarie Tarara for the past 10 years. Her knowledge of the law and her devotion to her clients is amazing. My case started out as an amicable divorce with two small children. Over the years it turned out to be one challenge after another. Annemarie not only helped me navigate the law but gave wonderful advice on how to move forward. She is compassionate, smart, and tough which are all the qualities that I was looking for. Not only do I highly recommend her, but I have referred her to friends and colleagues throughout the years who have all been just as happy as I am. I could not have asked for a better attorney – now friend to support me in my most challenging times. Thank you, Annemarie!
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Posted by Kim | June 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Supportive Attorney
Annemarie is a knowledgeable full service family lawyer. She is direct and to the point and doesn't waste anyone's time or money. She was able to show compassion and support when necessary and at other times be firm in her advice and direction to keep moving things along even when the other party was resisting. She made this emotionally difficult time in my life a lot easier for me.
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Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest, Supportive, Effective
Annemarie was kind and helped advise me during a difficult divorce process. She was there to explain things and was direct and honest about everything in the process. I felt like I had someone by my side to ensure everything worked out for me and my daughter. I am so glad I was connected with her. She made all the difference in surviving this.
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Posted by Kristina | June 29, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic and Caring Family Law Attorney
Ms. Tarara is extremely professional. She gets to know her clients and works with them during what is one of the hardest times of your life. She will fight for you to get what you deserve and she will guide you to give an honest evaluation of what is worth litigating or just let it go as it’s not a good chance for winning. She hates losing and gets the job done.
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Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable & Great Communication
Annemarie helped us at every step of our often-complicated second parent adoption process. We had a unique situation that took longer than expected and was often stressful, but she had prompt communication, explained everything we needed to know, and always welcomed us to call her when we wanted more information.
Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cannot imagine a better advocate
During the most difficult and chaotic time of my life, Annemarie was a voice of reason, experience and hope. She was organized, and clear in her direction and advice to keep me organized. She was so much more compassionate than other lawyers I interviewed. I hope I never need her services again, but would not hesitate to choose her if circumstances change.
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Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Supportive & Great Advocate
Annemarie kept me informed & looked out for me by providing great legal advise. Her approach was supportive. Once the necessary steps were taken, we reached a result in a short period of time. I recommend her!
Posted by Darcie | February 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience
I got exactly what I needed and what I wanted in working with Annemarie. She is honest and direct. I felt lost entering the world of divorce and needed someone to be straightforward. She listened to my needs and together we worked to get the job done. Answered questions and concerns no matter how many times I asked them and responded efficiently to all emails. There was no grey area. She made me feel supported and kept my needs and the needs of my children at the top of her list. Highly recommend her as your attorney
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Posted by CJ | December 21, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Family Lawyer
I have known Annmarie for over 20 years, and during that time I have referred many clients or persons looking for divorce or family law representation to Annmarie knowing they will receive excellent representation. Highest recommendation!
Posted by john | September 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
best lawyer
words can't describe how wonderful Annemarie is.... Annemarie has helped me get my kids out of a bad environment..
Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best lawyer out there!
Annemarie gets to the point, no bs! All the while she makes the process easier by having an excellent attitude and you can really tell she cares about her clients. I would highly recommend her! She really knows what she's doing.
Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hard Worker
I could not have had better communication with Annemarie! She quickly responded to every email and phone call. She explained the divorce process and didn't drag her feet to get it finalized. She is humorous and kind, but not afraid to be firm. I would recommend Annemarie!
Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing attorney!
I hired Annemarie after the first lawyer I hired was no help. Annemarie was knowledgeable, fast, and efficient. She treated my case like it was her own and represented my case with out skipping a beat. I am very happy with the outcome and would hire her again if necessary!
Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend!
Excellent focus, communication and listening skills. Experienced in the process/system and able to coach and guide along the journey. Highly recommend.
Posted by Nicole | November 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Same Sex Divorce
I was looking for a lawyer who was educated in same-sex relationships and one that would be kind and non-judgmental of our situation. AnneMarie was great and spoke to me like I was a human, which was not the case of other lawyers I contacted. She was precise and kept me in the loop with my divorce. I appreciated her timely responses and she was able to get everything done quickly.
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Posted by Lynn | September 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above and Beyond
Annemarie was able to see through my ex's smoke and mirrors to forge and execute a strategy that secured a healthy visitation schedule for my son, and proper and just support for his care. She took the time to listen to the specifics and educated me on what was realistic and justified in our situation. She was an attentive communicator who did all of this without needless back-and-forth; a calming entity in what was already hostile ground. We couldn't have come to the agreement we did without her expertise and desire to not turn a bad situation into a circus. My son is now thriving and that is everything to me.
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Posted by Kelly | August 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, great communicator, helpful
Annemarie helped navigate my case, which was extremely complex, in a very professional way. She helped me stay logical and reasonable while keeping the bigger picture front and center so I would not react on my emotions during that very difficult time in my life. Annemarie returned my calls/emails very quickly, she stayed on top of my case and always gave me honest advice. Annemarie would give me my options and give me her opinion of how I could proceed to get the best result. If I had an idea of how to proceed, she’d work with me to make sure I knew the possible outcomes so I could make an educated decision as to how to move forward. I’d recommend Annemarie to anyone dealing with a high conflict divorce and/or a high conflict post decree case.
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Posted by Lauren | July 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Lawyer Focused on Getting the Job Done Well
AnneMarie was wonderful to work with, and she always personable and professional. She knew her stuff well, and focused on getting the divorce done without unnecessarily stretching things out. AnneMarie was on top of everything at all times, experienced, gave excellent advice, and had the perfect amount of aggressiveness to get the job done well.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C.
  • 2022 - Present
  • Senior Associate
  • Nottage & Ward
  • 2019 - 2022
  • Attorney
  • Rosenberg Wypych
  • 2006 - 2019
  • Attorney
  • Audrey Gaynor and Associates
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • Nottage & Ward
  • 2003 - 2005
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Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • DePaul University
  • B.S.
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • Baseless Order of Protection
  • Order of Protection Vacated

Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Law Bulletin Publishing Company
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Endorse Annemarie
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Highest quality individual and attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Anne Marie is great to work with on cases and diligently and zealously represents her clients' interests. Her work ethic and organization both make her someone I love working with on cases."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."

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Highland Park Divorce and separation Lawyer Annemarie Tarara
Annemarie Tarara
Divorce and separation Attorney
Highland Park, IL
Licensed for 19 years
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