Category: Mediation

Divorce Mediation Illinois 101

There are two ways to proceed with any divorce case in Illinois:

  1. Settlement negotiations; or
  2. Litigation

Litigation is what you think of when you hear the word “divorce.” It’s where you’ll spend seemingly endless hours in court, pay a small fortune, and deal with a contentious, disagreeable negotiation for months, if not years. This makes it no surprise why most couples, when they can, choose to settle their case rather than litigate.

One of the most popular methods to reach a settlement is mediation. In this article, we’ll cover all the basics of this process, including:

  • What is mediation?
  • How the process works; and
  • Common questions individuals have about this process

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Mediation Benefits: What Two Things You Should Know

As a leading alternative to divorce litigation, mediation is popular for couples that believe they can work together to resolve issues. Moreover, mediation makes the divorce process more manageable for many reasons as it offers unique benefits the traditional, court-driven method doesn’t.

But, what do you know about mediation? Do you know the unique benefits it offers to the divorce process? If not, you’ll find the two most prevalent benefits below.

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3 Mediation Myths You Should Know

If you and your spouse are agreeable to settling issues in your case or already agree on many issues, mediation may be a great fit in contrast to litigation.

Not only does the process offer greater control over the divorce process, but it also protects your privacy and is often quicker than traditional court because much of it is kept outside the courtroom. Because it’s still a newer trend in divorce, many couples aren’t quite sure what mediation is or feel as if they know what it is but may actually believe myths they’ve heard.

Below, we discuss the 3 most common mediation myths and what you should actually know about mediation in their place.

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Divorce Q&A: Litigate or Mediate?

Mediation is amicable, allows you to settle your case, and helps you and your spouse cooperate better after divorce. Litigation is contentious, involves a significant amount of time in court, and can make for a difficult relationship following your divorce, especially if you’re co-parenting any children.

As is the case with all decisions you’ll make in divorce, there are pros and cons you must consider before proceeding with any option. This is especially true when you’re considering how you want to move forward with your divorce and which strategy makes the most sense for you and your spouse.

In this article, we discuss litigation vs. mediation and the considerations you must be mindful of before moving forward with any option.

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Divorce Mediation v. Collaborative Law: What’s the Difference?

There is no “right way” to end a marriage. The process can be painful and challenging both practically and emotionally. However, there are options you can pursue to lessen the blow.

Mediation and collaborative divorce are both great options when you’re looking to settle your case and avoid some of the animosity traditionally associated with divorce. The best part is that both options will also save you time and money.

Let’s examine both in greater detail to point out similarities and differences so you can make an informed decision of how to proceed with your Naperville divorce lawyer.

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Three Situations Where Mediation is a Good Fit

By nature, divorce is a high-conflict experience. As you work through issues such as property division, the division of debt, and other problems, conflict is sure to arise. However, it doesn’t have to be quite as conflict-driven as you may suspect.

Mediation, as an alternative to litigating the issues in your divorce, is a great alternative. This means you’ll work out your issues outside of the courtroom and with a third party that isn’t your Naperville divorce lawyer or your spouse’s attorney either.

Of course, mediation isn’t an option for everyone. If you don’t or can’t agree with your spouse, it’s best to stick with litigation in your case. But, if you fall into one of the three situations below in which mediation is ideal, you may want to consider it as a good option to save money, save time, and save some of the emotional stress that typically accompanies divorce.

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Mandatory vs. Optional Mediation: What’s the Difference?

Mediation in Illinois is a term that is foreign to most individuals, especially those who are anticipating a contentious separation. After all, to mediate means you must work together with your spouse. And, if you’re coming from a history of disagreements and fighting, this may not seem like a viable option for your situation.

However, this process is an excellent alternative to litigation that can save both you and your soon-to-be former spouse a significant amount of time and money. This means that if you believe you and your spouse can sit down with a mediator and work out some of the issues in your unique case, you should.

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Creating Your Divorce Mediation Checklist: What You Should Know

When many people think about divorce, they think about months or years in court, endless arguments, and the high cost of litigation should a case go to trial. What many don’t realize, however, is that there is a better alternative: Mediation.

This option is great for couples who disagree over a few issues but don’t want to spend a significant amount of time or money litigating (i.e. going to Court for) a solution.

If you’ve never heard of mediation or simply want to find out more, we’ll provide all the information you should know below to determine whether it’s a good option for your case. It’s important to create a checklist so you make sure you don’t overlook any important elements of this process.

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