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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.

Situation 1: You’re a parent with young children.

While divorce is difficult for parents, it can be even more difficult for their children. High-conflict divorces can be even more traumatic and cause children issues in school or prompt a need for therapy.

By choosing mediation as an alternative to litigation, you can work together and reduce the animosity that causes many children to feel distraught. Moreover, this will help lay a foundation for successful co-parenting after your divorce is over.

Situation 2: You will continue to see your spouse after the divorce.

Some spouses run businesses together. Others have met during their education for entrance into a particular industry and are co-workers. In any case, mediation is a great option if you’re going to continue to see your spouse once the divorce is over.

The mediation process helps smooth over potential conflict and ensure the next step of your “relationship” is as seamless as possible. Most importantly, you can learn to respect and listen to one another throughout the mediation process, offering further benefits in this kind of situation.

Situation 3: You don’t want to spend years or tens of thousands of dollars on divorce.

If you litigate every issue in your case, you’re going to spend a small fortune and a significant portion of your life fighting with your soon-to-be former spouse in court. When you consider the hostile nature of litigation, the emotional and mental stress of the situation is unhealthy and problematic as well.

Mediation can expedite the divorce process and remove much of the stress and other issues that plague couples well after the divorce is over. If you can work with your spouse and want a more amicable split, mediation is an option to consider.

If You’re Considering Mediation or Would Like to Learn More About the Process, Contact Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd.

As skilled mediators, Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd. offers over 35 years of expertise to ensure your case runs smoothly and all issues are resolved as quickly as possible.

If you’re interested in learning more about mediation or would like to take advantage of your free, 30-minute consultation with Larry, contact us at 630-470-9990 or fill out our simple online form.

We look forward to discussing your options and ensuring you choose the best way to proceed with your divorce moving forward.

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About Attorney Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd.

Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd. is a law firm concentrating solely on family law and has served clients in DuPage, Will, Kane, and Kendall counties for over 35 years.

We continue to work with clients in Naperville, Wheaton, Lisle, Oswego, Downers Grove, and the surrounding areas to provide one-on-one support and attention that will help you through this difficult time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at any time. We look forward to offering our expertise and support to you throughout your case and after.