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Annemarie Tarara


Annemarie Tarara is consistently regarded as one of the most trusted family law attorneys in all of Chicago. Her Superb rating on Avvo, the legal profession’s premier rating system, speaks for itself, but she’s also won a Clients’ Choice Award and been named a Leading Lawyer by her peers in the industry.

More About Annemarie

Annemarie provides immeasurable experience and individualized attention to her clients. She is a highly skilled and respected negotiator with the ability to reach fair settlements. If a settlement is not an option, she is a fierce litigator. Annemarie Tarara is seasoned, strong and knowledgeable.

Annemarie has specialized in LGBTQ+ family law in Illinois for over 20 years. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, she is a fierce advocate in every capacity – especially in the courtroom. Her expertise includes second-parent adoption, same-sex divorce, and same-sex orders of protection. Known for her personalized approach, negotiation skills, and litigation abilities, Annemarie is Merel Family Law’s – and Chicago’s – go-to advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.

She also represents clients in obtaining orders of protection and in defending her clients against baseless orders of protection. Clients appreciate her expertise in relocation, termination of maintenance, and modification of child support in post-decree cases.

With empathy and honesty, Annemarie is committed to protecting her client’s complex legal, financial, personal, and privacy needs. As a wife and mother, Annemarie understands family dynamics. She listens, and she tailors a case strategy that fits each unique client.


DePaul University

Bar Affiliations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association

Juris Doctorate

Chicago-Kent College of Law

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