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The Purpose of Mediation

 Posted on April 01, 2016 in 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.


Mediation is all about negotiation. Whether you and your spouse disagree on parenting time (visitation) or who will be responsible for a certain debt, a Mediator's goal is to help you both reach some sort of compromise through civil, clearly communicated negotiations. You and your spouse will discuss any disagreements with a mediator until you reach an agreement, and then submit that an agreement to a judge. Should you still be unable to agree on certain issues, the judge can choose to send you back to mediation until you have worked out a resolution.

Respect and Confidentiality

All mediation communications are deemed confidential for the sake of everyone involved. Illinois State statues prohibit mediators from sharing certain information with just anyone, and have put restrictions in place regarding what they can share with the court and other authorities. This further protects and supports a divorcing couple's privacy during communications that can be emotionally upsetting. Mediation's role is to provide a safe, civil meeting for both parties to discuss post-marital arrangements and any current issues before presenting them to a judge. This gives each party a chance to voice their opinion in a non-threatening environment where they can be assured their concerns are heard and are taken seriously.

Support and Guidance

Just as the goal of mediation is to provide you with the help you need to see your divorce arrangements succeed, legal representation can further equip you with the guidance you need to feel confident before, during, and after the mediation process. Couples readying themselves for mediation can benefit significantly from additional support from an experienced DuPage County family law attorney. It is important to work with an attorney who is committed to protecting and representing your family's best interests, from start to finish. Contact The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. at 630-462-9500.



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