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Tips for Tilting the Mediation Scale in Your Favor

Although mediation is ultimately about compromising with your spouse, you can (and should) attempt to tilt the scales in your favor as much as humanly possible. After all, the odds are that your spouse will attempt to do the very same thing. Learn more about the strategies that you can use your divorce mediation with help from the following information. 

Why Hire an Attorney for Mediation?

Though couples do not need an attorney for mediation, many divorcees do choose to secure legal representation through the process. Why might you need one, and what benefits can they offer in your case? The following information explains, and provides you with some key details on how to select the right lawyer for your Illinois divorce mediation. 

Should You Litigate Your Divorce or Mediate? The Answer May Surprise You

Mediation and other Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADRs) have made divorce more affordable and less stressful for many families, which is probably why so many couples use them. However, there is an underlying issue with divorce mediation, and it is one that few rarely consider: though mediation can and does work for some divorces, it is not be the right option for everyone. The following information can help you decide whether you should mediate your divorce, or if litigation is the right path for you.

What is Divorce Mediation? Is It Right for Your Divorce?

Mediation is a process that encourages couples to amicably work through the details of their divorce, such as the division of assets, allocation of parental responsibilities, and alimony. But how, exactly, does the mediation process work? And is it the right option for your divorce? 

The Purpose of Mediation

Whether you are just now becoming acquainted with the term mediation as you enter the divorce process or you have heard stories about it from family or friends, there is one thing you should know: mediation can be a productive, effective tool for problem resolution. Not everyone agrees on everything when filing for a divorce, and the primary purpose of mediation in family law is to allow both parties a platform in which they can present their thoughts, requests, and concerns before a professional in order to establish fair, mutual agreements. 

What Does it Take to Succeed in Mediation?

Not every family law case has to be resolved by a judge. Even cases where the two sides are far apart can sometimes be settled through mediation. Mediation gives both sides more control over the outcome of their case and also allows the disagreement to be resolved efficiently and with sensitivity. However, to have the best chance at a successful mediation, you must be prepared. 

The Role of Mediation in Illinois Divorces

Divorce cases can be some of the most difficult cases to settle. Emotions are often intense on both sides. Moreover, both spouses may feel they are fighting for what is right and what is best for the children. However, when a case goes to trial, many times neither side wins. Mediation, however, offers an opportunity for the two sides to find a way to settle the divorce in a way that is beneficial for both spouses. 

Mediation and Divorce in Illinois

The prospect of going through a divorce can be intimidating and stressful. In addition to adjusting to the change in the relationship, many people are concerned about going through contentious and unpleasant proceedings - particularly if there are children involved. One option for divorcing parties who want to avoid an adversarial courtroom battle is to participate in mediation.

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