Divorce University: Lilac Tree offers women legal advice

April 25, 2011 9:36:13 AM PDT
Forty-percent of all marriages end in divorce in the U.S. The Lilac Tree helps women navigate the legal and financial aspects of divorce.

Divorce University
Sunday, May 1st
8:30AM-4:15 PM
Cost: $125 in advance or $140 at the door
Evanston Hospital: Frank Auditorium
2650 Ridge Ave.

(RELEASE) The Lilac Tree is an organization based in Evanston that has been helping women at all stages of the divorce process, throughout the Greater Chicago area and northern Illinois for over 20 years. The Lilac Tree offers information, support and guidance, objectively addressing the breadth of issues facing women during the divorce process. Divorce University - its largest bi-annual program, will be held this Sunday May 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Evanston Hospital.

Lorraine Murphy, Executive Director of The Lilac Tree appeared on ABC 7 News at 11 a.m. Monday. She offers some advice:

Who should attend Divorce University?
Women who are either contemplating a divorce or are at the early stages of one should attend this event. Divorce University is a rare opportunity for women to learn, in one-day, about their legal rights and the basic financial and emotional considerations that will help them make the best decisions for themselves and their children during the divorce process. They will be able to ask a family law judge, family law attorney and a mediator general questions, as well as hear from some former clients about their experiences going through the divorce process.

What is the most important thing that you hope women attending Divorce University learn from the program?
We hope that women will gain a better understanding of their options in a divorce, that they are not alone, and how important it is to take an active role in shaping their future.

What other services or programs does The Lilac Tree offer for women who are unable to attend Divorce University?
We offer one-hour private and confidential Individual Information Sessions with therapists, we offer Support Groups tailored to women in various stages of the divorce process, we offer Workshops and Seminars that vary in focus on legal, financial and emotional topics. We also offer free referrals to professionals in our registry who deal with divorce.

What is the first thing a woman contemplating divorce or facing an unwanted divorce should do?
Call The Lilac Tree or go to our website and register for the Divorce University being held May 1, or register for any of our other programs. We are the only not-for-profit in the area that can provide comprehensive objective divorce advice and support at an affordable fee.

The Lilac Tree
(847) 328-0313