1776 S. Naperville Road
Building B, Suite 202
Wheaton, IL 60189
630-462-9500630-462-9500
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Wheaton Collaborative Law Attorney
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DuPage County Collaborative Law Attorneys

Collaborative Divorce Lawyers Serving Wheaton, Lombard, and Glen Ellyn

Dissolving a marriage can be a stressful and adversarial process, but it does not have to be. When a divorce is amicable and both parties are capable of working together to settle their issues, a collaborative divorce is possible. Collaborative law is an alternative dispute resolution approach in which parties cooperate to reach an agreement that is mutually satisfactory. At The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C., our attorneys are experienced in assisting clients with collaborative divorces. We advise and guide our clients throughout the process and ensure your rights and interests are protected.

Advantages to Collaborative Divorce in Illinois

Divorces have a reputation for being contentious legal battles. In reality, many divorcing couples do not carry grudges against each other and are able to cooperate to dissolve their marriage efficiently and with minimal acrimony. All of the same issues that are resolved through a traditional divorce can be resolved in a collaborative divorce including allocation parental responsibilities (child custody), parenting time (visitation), child support, alimony/maintenance, and division of marital property.

A collaborative divorce offers numerous benefits over traditional adversarial divorces, including:

  • Time savings: A negotiated settlement and a litigated judgment can both take a significant amount of time to reach. Litigation can even stretch out for years in some divorces. Comparatively, collaborative divorces take less time to finalize.
  • Cost savings: Because they can be resolved quicker, a collaborative divorce also cost less in legal fees and related costs.
  • Privacy: When a divorce is litigated, personal business becomes part of the court record. A collaborative divorce allows a couple to maintain their privacy.
  • Greater control: When a judge is endowed with decision-making power in a divorce, it is not uncommon for both parties leave unhappy. Collaborative divorces allow the couple to make creative decisions that work in their individual best interests, as well as the best interests of their family.
  • Less stressful: No matter how amicable, a divorce is still a significant life event that triggers enormous changes in two lives. Change often causes stress. Couples who pursue a collaborative divorce typically find it less stressful because the process is quicker and they do not have deal with fighting.
  • Preserve relationships: When a divorcing couple has children, a collaborative divorce is a great option because it allows both parties to maintain a positive relationship with which to co-parent in the future.

If a collaborative divorce ultimately fails and the couple is not able to resolve all of their issues collaboratively, a traditional divorce can still be held with the assistance of new attorneys. Our attorneys can help in litigious matters, including those following a collaborative divorce approach.

If you are considering getting a divorce and you believe a collaborative divorce may be an option for you, contact us at 630-462-9500630-462-9500 to schedule a consultation. We will discuss the collaborative law process and if it is recommended in your situation. From our location in Wheaton, we work with clients throughout Northern Illinois, including DuPage County and the surrounding areas.

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  • I would highly recommend Tony Sammarco to anyone needing a divorce lawyer. He explained all my options to me and he made sure I understood the process. I am glad I had him there to help me through this difficult time.

  • Thank you doesn’t seem enough for all that Bill Stogsdill and Brett Williamson have done not only for me, but my children as well. When I first met both of these gentlemen, each presented themselves with such self-confidence. I instantly knew...

  • The Stogsdill Law Firm and I were able to obtain sole custody of my son. I am fortunate for the outcome and I am to be a father to my son. Secondly, my ex-spouse was awarded limited portion of the marital estate. Bryan Estes is more than an excellent lawyer...

  • Whenever my opinion is asked by any of my clients, friends or family regarding what law firm someone should use for their divorce my answer is always the same –The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. The kids and I are forever indebted to Bill and his firm.

  • Bryan's ability to listen and understand my situation and then offer his advice on how we should proceed was the main reasons I hired Bryan as my attorney. That was the best decision I made, for myself and my children. Bryan helped develop action plans as well as a strategy ...

  • I wanted to thank you for your professional and respectful help with my case. Before entering your law firm, I felt as if my life might be at an end. After being greeted by your office manager, I was completely put at ease. Then after my consultation with you, I knew I was in good hands...

  • Mr. Smit has demonstrated a high degree of loyalty and trust worthiness to his work and to his associates. Justin certainly is an asset to your Law Firm, his organization skills are second to none. I have and will continue to recommend Justin ...

  • I recently made the life-altering decision of ending a 30 year marriage. While the support of family and friends was very important, I knew that choosing the right attorney was vital. In large part, my future would be determined by his legal advice and skills…

  • You've clearly established a client-focus in your office -- providing your clients with the warmth and understanding they need as they go through a very difficult time. Thank you, again, for all your help.

  • Taking that step to file for divorce was probably one of the most life changing decisions I have ever made. The process is very painful and emotionally draining. I retained Robert Boyd and Justin Smit of The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C...