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b2ap3_DuPage County mediation attorneysDivorces can be uniquely challenging to separating couples. Recognizing the need for a life change, and grappling with the emotion of the change can be two completely different things. Combine the emotional side of a divorce with complicated matters such as issues of child custody, property division, and allocation of finances, make one thing abundantly clear: when going through a divorce, everyone needs a little help. The first step you can take as you prepare for the divorce process is hiring an attorney that you can believe in.

After hiring an attorney, your legal team will begin to discuss your options. If you and your former spouse believe that you can amicably discuss the matters mentioned above, your best option may be to mediation. Here in the state of Illinois, family mediation is an alternative resolution option to divorce litigation.

What is Mediation?

With the assistance of a neutral mediator, couples throughout Illinois can amicably resolve conflicts such as child custody, alimony payments, and asset division, through mediation. The neutral third-party-mediator is present to help offer mutually beneficial resolutions and assist in communication. In some cases, mediation can be mandated by the Illinois Supreme Court. In cases involving minor children, couples in Illinois are required to pursue mediation on issues including custodial responsibilities and child support. Due to the important nature of these conversations, it is crucial to ensure that your legal team fully understands all aspects of your divorce case. Having honest and informative conversations with your attorney can help them secure a vibrant financial future for you and your family.

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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 Choose Mediation?

Mediation may not be the most favorable option for every divorce, but it can be highly beneficial for some. For example, spouses that have minor children may find that mediation offers a more amicable approach than a litigated divorce. Couples with a high net worth may also prefer mediation since it can drastically reduce costs and improve their settlement. Mediation can also lead to a faster conclusion of your case if you and your spouse are willing to compromise. Still, if you have questions about whether mediation may be appropriate for you, it is wise to discuss your options with an experienced divorce lawyer before moving forward.

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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.

The Role of an Attorney in Mediation

Unlike litigated divorces, where parties are pitted against one another on opposing sides, those that employ mediation are encouraged to work through their problems using negotiation tactics and compromise. As such, the role of an attorney in mediation is quite different from the more "traditional" role they play during the litigated divorce. Further, the extent of an attorney's involvement during mediation is largely determined by the hiring party.

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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.

Mediation versus Litigation

Mediation can reduce the level of contention during a divorce, which can have some serious benefits for those with children. Parents, who are encouraged to compromise and consider the best interests of their child above all else, are less apt to fight about custody. That can make for less stressed parents and an easier adjustment for children. Mediation is also often a faster, less expensive method to divorce, which is helpful for those who have a simplified divorce, similar net values, or are willing to split assets fairly because each party still genuinely still cares about the other.

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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?

How Mediation Works

When couples decide to mediate their divorce, they work through their divorce with a mediator, instead of a judge. Details of their divorce are negotiated rather than litigated. An impartial party, the mediator can only make suggestions for working through a particular problem. They cannot make any decisions. However, each party does still have the right to hire an attorney to ensure their rights are protected, and that they have considered all relative factors in the negotiation process.

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