Deliberately Different Divorce.

We believe that the divorce practice is desperately in need of a revolution.

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Why we're different

  • We will partner with you to create a strategic plan to achieve your goals.

    We are the only divorce firm in Illinois that was founded by an attorney whose MBA focused on strategic planning, and we’ll use that to your advantage. We’ll educate you and concentrate on what you value. For some clients, custody of children is very valuable, for others it is not. For some clients, dividing possession is very valuable, for others it is not. YOUR case should focus on what YOU value.

  • You will use that plan to determine how much your divorce will cost.

    By knowing up front what you value and are willing to fight for, and what you don’t value and are not willing to fight for, you can help us determine how much you will spend to get divorced. Whenever possible, we will try to establish a set amount that is paid monthly to accomplish these goals. Or, if it’s to your benefit, you can choose a traditional billing structure. As long as it creates value for you, we’re in.

  • We will subject all decisions in your case to cost benefit analysis.

    Don’t spend $5,000 fighting over an issue that’s only worth $50 to you. Seems simple, but this is an emotional time where small issues can seem huge. Our experience as divorce attorneys will help guide you away from these types of mistakes. We will revisit all goals and strategy at a minimum of every three months to ensure that we are responding to any and all changes during the case.

nuvorceThere are many divorce attorneys out there and most of them are capable of negotiating a settlement or winning a hearing in court.

So why should you hire NuVorce? 

We believe that the divorce practice is desperately in need of a revolution.  We believe that clients don’t want to be billed for every phone call, e-mail, and thought of their attorney. That system creates value for attorneys, but not for clients. We believe that there’s a better way.

We were founded with one goal: to revolutionize the practice of divorce law through one guiding principle: Everything we do must create value for our clients.

Our belief that everything we do must create value for the client permeates every element of our business. From our office space, to our use of cloud based computing, to our internal business practices, every element has been selected to provide more value to our clients.

We do things differently. That’s deliberate.

Andrew Vaughn

Attorney & Founder

Regardless of the issues in your case, Andrew G. Vaughn will develop a case strategy that uses a combination of his litigation and negotiation skills to ensure that you receive the best possible result.

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Elizabeth Davies

Attorney

Elizabeth Davies combines her skill as a courtroom litigator, her experience as a child advocate, and her compassion for families in transition to advocate for her clients and their families.

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OUR SERVICES

  • Alimony (Maintenance)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (Arbitration, Collaborative Law, Mediation, Negotiation)
  • Arbitration
  • Business Valuation Guidance
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Child Visitation
  • Civil Unions
  • Collaborative Law
  • Divorce
  • Divorce Financial Planning
  • Divorce Strategic Planning
  • Divorce Tax Planning
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Law
  • Legal Separation
  • Legal Separation Agreements
  • LGBT Family Issues
  • Litigation
  • Maintenance (Alimony)
  • Marital Settlement Agreement
  • Matrimonial Law
  • Mediation
  • Negotiated Settlements
  • Orders of Protection
  • Parentage
  • Paternity Cases
  • Post-Divorce Disputes (Post-Decree Disputes)
  • Post-Nuptial Agreements
  • Prenuptial Agreements (Premarital agreements)
  • Property Division
  • Strategic Planning
  • Trial litigation

Regardless of the issues in your case, Andrew G. Vaughn will develop a case strategy that uses a combination of his litigation and negotiation skills to ensure that you receive the best possible result. The most successful strategy for your case may require the use of aggressive litigation (i.e. courtroom advocacy) techniques. In that event, Mr. Vaughn will employ his extensive litigation background related to complex financial and contested custody issues to your benefit. Mr. Vaughn has successfully litigated multiple issues such as: valuation of closely held businesses, validity of pre-marital agreements, custody of and visitation with minor children, analysis of maintenance/alimony claims, complex tracing of assets and streams of income, injunctive relief, orders of protection, international jurisdiction, and disproportionate division of marital estates. In the alternative, when the most effective strategy for your case calls for reaching a negotiated settlement, Mr. Vaughn can utilize his skills as a negotiator to your benefit. Mr. Vaughn was a member of the Negotiation Team while attending Loyola University Chicago School of Law and has added practical experience to his academic background by participating in many negotiations of multi-million dollar cases as well as contested custody cases.

Mr. Vaughn is a graduate of Augustana College (Class of 2003) where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Scandinavian Studies, English, and Political Science with an International Focus. While at Augustana College, Mr. Vaughn was nominated to the Dean’s List, received the Simpson Scholarship for excellence in the Swedish language, was selected to have his senior thesis published, and received the Award of Excellence from the National Consortium of Academics and Sport for his stellar performance as both a student and a member of the track and field/cross country teams. After graduating from Augustana, Mr. Vaughn accepted an academic scholarship to Loyola University Chicago School of Law (Class of 2006). While a law student, Mr. Vaughn sharpened his practice skills as a member of both the Negotiation Team and the Client Counseling Team. In addition, Mr. Vaughn was an active member of the Business Law Society and the International Law Society.

Throughout law school, Mr. Vaughn also demonstrated his dedication to serving those most in need by volunteering with Cabrini Green Legal Aid and interning with the Center for Disability and Elder Law. Mr. Vaughn later accepted a position with the Center for Disability and Elder Law as the Pro Bono Family Law Coordinator. As a result of his dedication to public interest work, Mr. Vaughn has received the Public Service Award from the Illinois State Bar Association, the Law Student Volunteer of the Year Award from Cabrini Green Legal Aid, and the Pro Bono Recognition Award from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

After leaving the Public Interest sector, Mr. Vaughn worked with two U.S. News and World Report Top Tier law firms, first as an associate and later as the youngest partner in firm history. During this time Mr. Vaughn was made a Professor of Advanced Issues in Domestic Relations Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law (2008-present) and was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers.

In addition to his active law practice and professorial activities, Mr. Vaughn is a frequent lecturer on a wide range of topics including: injunctive relief, strategies for deposing expert witnesses, and the rights and remedies of same sex couples in Illinois. In addition, Mr. Vaughn is active in the community via his role on the Development Committee of Epic Academy (a Chicago charter school), volunteering with Cabrini Green Legal Aid, raising funds for MS research and for veteran’s causes, via his role as a member of the Business Advice & Financial Planning Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association, and via his role as a member of the Standing Committee on Law Office Management & Economics of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Education:
University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business, M.B.A. (2014, anticipated)
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D. (2006)
Augustana College, B.A. Scandinavian Studies, English, Political Science with an International Focus (2003)

Court Admission:
Illinois (2006)

Memberships:
American Bar Association (member of the Law Practice Management Section)
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association

Awards and Honors:
Named a Rising Star in the Field of Family Law – Super Lawyers (2014)

Featured in Chicago Magazine as a Top Young Lawyer (2014)

Named a Rising Star in the Field of Family Law – Super Lawyers (2013)
Named to Chicago Business Journal’s “People on the Move” for legal and professional accomplishments – Chicago Business Journal (2013)
Appointed to Business & Financial Planning Section Council – Illinois State Bar Association (2012-Present)
Appointed to Standing Committee on Law Office Management & Economics – Illinois State Bar Association (2012-Present)
Development Committee – Epic Academy Charter High School (2011 – present)
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Committee Member on Business Valuation, Financial, and Tax Issues Affecting Divorce (2010-2011)
Professor of Advanced Issues in Domestic Relations Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, (2008-present)
Cabrini Green Young Professionals Board, Co-Chair (2007-2009), Member (2009-2011)
Client Counseling Team Coach, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, (2007-2010)
Outstanding Adjudicator Award Nominee, Chicago Urban Debate League (2007, 2008)
Pro Bono Recognition Award, Loyola University Chicago School of Law (2006)
Public Service Award, Illinois State Bar Association (2005)
Law Student Volunteer of the Year, Cabrini Green Legal Aid (2005)

Lectures:
Divorce Finance Basics for Women, Lilac Tree (2013)

Divorce Considerations When Transitioning A Family Business to The Next Generation, Presentation at the Illinois State Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Seminar “Succession Planning: Managing the Transition” (2013)
Taxation, Capital Gains, and Business Valuation in Divorce – Chicago Professionals Networking Group (2012)
The Lawyer as a Storyteller – Epic Academy (2012)
Negotiation Strategies for High Conflict Situations – Business Networking International (2012)
The Fundamentals of International Crimes Against Humanity – Epic Academy (2011)
The Art of Negotiation – Chicago-Kent College of Law (2011)
The History and Evolution of Marital Property Law – Loyola University Chicago School of Law (2010)
Litigating Injunctive Relief in the Domestic Relations Division – Chicago Bar Association (2009)
Depositions of Expert Witnesses – National Association for Certified Valuation Analysts (2008)
Illinois Cohabitation Law – DePaul University College of Law (2007)
Legal Rights and Remedies of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender Couples – Center on Halsted (2007)
The Practice of Family Law – Guest lecturer for Professor Sacha Coupet at Loyola University Chicago (2006)
How to Perform an Initial Client Interview – Center for Disability and Elder Law training offered to the offices of Much, Shelist, Denenberg, Ament, and Rubenstein, P.C. (2005)
Public Service Opportunities for Law Students – Northwestern University School of Law (2004)

Publications:
Standards of Value in Business Valuation – The Counselor, the newsletter for the Illinois State Bar Association’s Business & Financial Planning Section Counsel (2013)
Supply, Demand, and the Future of Your Law Firm – The Bottom Line, the newsletter for the Illinois State Bar Association’s Committee on Law Office Management & Economics (2012)
Don’t Network Like an Accountant – The Bottom Line, the newsletter for the Illinois State Bar Association’s Committee on Law Office Management & Economics (2012)

 

Elizabeth Davies combines her skill as a courtroom litigator, her experience as a child advocate, and her compassion for families in transition to advocate for her clients and their families.

Ms. Davies graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University (Class of 2008) where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. While at Illinois Wesleyan, Ms. Davies made the Dean’s List and analyzed the No Child Left Behind Act for her senior thesis. During college, Ms. Davies interned with the Chicago Bar Association where she assisted with pro bono criminal law cases and the Lawyers Lend-a-Hand to Youth Program. After graduating, Ms. Davies worked as a paralegal for a nonprofit legal center where she worked to protect victims of fraud.

Ms. Davies received her law degree Cum Laude from Loyola University School of Law (Class of 2014) where she focused her studies on family law by earning a Child and Family Law certificate. While in law school Ms. Davies received CALI Awards for the highest grade in the class in both Contracts and Constitutional Law. Ms. Davies was also a junior editor for the Children’s Legal Rights Journal where she published an article entitled “Legislative Update: Families Beyond Bars Act of 2010”. During law school, Ms. Davies was also an active member of the ChildLaw Society as the Community Chair.

Throughout law school Ms. Davies sharpened her practice skills by serving as a law clerk for several family law firms. Ms. Davies also developed her litigation skills as a student attorney for Loyola’s Civitas ChildLaw Clinic, including work on complex visitation matters as a child representative.

Ms. Davies is active in the community, having volunteered with the Center for Disability and Elder Law and with Dress for Success.

Ms. Davies was admitted to the Illinois bar in May 2014. Ms. Davies is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association.

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