Illinois Divorce Mediation
If you and your spouse have minor children and are unable to come to an agreement as to how to split parenting responsibilities regarding your children Illinois law requires you to mediate those disputes. So, what is mediation and how can it impact your divorce? Illinois divorce mediation requires you and your spouse to sit down with an independent third party, generally a former judge or independent attorney, to discuss these disputes. The mediator serves as an independent third party working with you and your spouse to try and resolve these disputes so that you can come to some mutually agreed on terms. You do not have to agree to any terms during the mediation if you do not want to.
Divorce mediation can help you resolve various important family issues, such as child custody, child support, visitation, spousal support, and property division. While mediation is not a “one size” fits all solution, it can be a valuable tool to help you resolve your marital disputes quickly and inexpensively.
Is Divorce Mediation Right for You?
This is often the most difficult question to answer. Most divorces involve complex emotions and some feeling of ill will towards your spouse. However, if there is some common ground, mediation can often be a powerful tool to help you and your spouse resolve your issues. We have seen many cases where mediation has helped facilitate a discussion between the parties that allows them to find a workable solution. Because there is no requirement that you come to an agreement, mediation can produce creative, individualized solutions that can better meet the needs of the family than a court-ordered solution.
For the most favorable result, it is advised that couples seeking divorce mediation retain the counsel and guidance of a trusted family law attorney with experience in mediation.
Advantages Of Divorce Mediation
Divorce mediation is becoming more and more popular in Illinois. Divorce mediation does offer various benefits, such as:
- Reduced legal fees
- Potentially less stressful
- Fewer modifications
- Court appearance not required until finalized
- Faster than traditional judicial method
- Children’s best interests are emphasized
Contact an experienced divorce attorney at Hipskind & McAninch for a FREE initial consultation so that we can discuss the case and your options. We understand that you may need assistance beyond the usual 9 to 5 business hours, which is why we ask that you call whenever you need legal assistance at 618.641.9189 (IL) or 314.312.2930 (MO).