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Is Mediation a Good Option for My Illinois Divorce?

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When couples say “I do,” they imagine the future that they will build together. Unfortunately, for many couples, “forever” has an expiration date. There are many reasons why couples decide to get divorced, and for some, it is a mutual decision that involves little contention from both sides. All divorces require legal proceedings; however, there is an alternative option available that does not involve the same amount of time or money that is typically tied to divorce cases that require litigation.

What Is Divorce Mediation?

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution available to divorcing couples. Rather than hiring your own attorney to represent you in court, mediation involves representation from a neutral third party to assist you and your spouse with the divorce decision-making process.

In a traditional litigated divorce, two attorneys are utilized, with each one representing one spouse. The attorney advocates on your behalf to ensure that you are given a fair share of your marital assets/property and receive a proper amount of spousal maintenance and/or child support payments if you qualify for either form of support.

Mediation, on the other hand, allows the divorcing couple to make these decisions on their own, with the presence of a mediator to assist when necessary. Mediation still involves legal meetings and a final legal agreement, but the process is much more flexible than a typical divorce proceeding.

Why Should I Choose Divorce Mediation?

Divorce mediation may not be appropriate for every couple. It requires a strong ability to compromise and mutual respect between both partners. However, if you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse have these qualities, divorce mediation may be a better alternative. Deciding to utilize divorce mediation for your marital split puts the power back into your hands. Typical divorce proceedings take the control out of your hands and ultimately gives the judge the real power. If you are willing to compromise, it can be advantageous to work alongside your former spouse rather than fighting against him or her. That way, you can both receive what you want and formulate a plan together.

Divorce mediation can also be a good introduction to co-parenting. After divorce, parents are forced to work together on child-related issues whether they want to or not. Divorce mediation can allow you to create a mutual parenting plan that works best for both of you. 

Ultimately, divorce mediation can save both parties money, which is why many divorcing couples consider it. Not only can you split the cost of a mediator, but the number of legal meetings can be reduced significantly if you and your partner can quickly come to an agreement on important issues. You will also not be required to pay individual attorneys for time in court, since this is not needed with a mediated divorce.

Contact an Orland Park Divorce Lawyer 

Finding the right person to represent you legally is important as you consider all of your legal divorce options. Divorce mediation may not work for every couple, but it can be successful for those who can work together to reach a mutual decision. At Anderson and Associates, P.C., our mediation attorneys work to keep things neutral between both parties while steering you in the right direction. If you are considering this form of alternative dispute resolution for your divorce, contact our dedicated Orland Park mediation attorneys at 708-226-9904 for an consultation.






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