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divorce mediation, alternative dispute resolution, divorce, Illinois divorce lawyer, divorce attorneyMany times during a divorce process, rather than enduring litigation, couples will turn to mediation in order to help resolve conflicts and work out a mutually beneficial divorce settlement. It is often said that the method by which conflicts are processed and resolved will end up having a large influence on a family’s adjustment to the divorce. In divorce mediation, spouses meet with a neutral third party (the mediator) and work through any issues that need to be resolved in order to end the marriage as amicably and cost effectively as possible.

What  does a mediator do that the two of you cannot accomplish alone?

A mediator’s role is to help you and your spouse clearly define any issues you may have, keep all lines of communication open, and to promote discussion and resolution. This does not mean that the mediator will make all of your decisions or you, but rather, he or she will assist in bringing the issues to the table and making it possible to effectively deal with them.

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In Illinois, mediation as a means of resolving issues is becoming more prominent as people seek to avoid the costs of litigation. Mediation can be an effective means of resolving disputes that divorcing couples experience concerning property division and child-related issues. An experienced attorney and certified mediator can often present solutions to your divorce concerns while avoiding the unnecessary a time-consuming nature of litigation.

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The Alternative Dispute Resolution, or Uniform Mediation Act as it is more commonly known, defines “mediation” as a “means or process in which a mediator facilitates communication and negotiation between parties to assist them in reaching a voluntary agreement regarding their dispute.”  The Act, listed in the Illinois Compiled Statutes under 710 ILCS 35/1 and its proceeding sections, provides the groundwork a mediator will follow.

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LauraIf you are contemplating divorce and weary of the lengthy and costly litigation process, you do have other options. Divorce mediation, a form of alternative dispute resolution, is one such alternative that can help you close out your divorce quickly and smoothly. Moving on with your life and managing the emotional consequences of divorce is typically easier when divorce mediation can successfully resolve the situation.

Mediation puts you in control, since parties work together with mediators and other experts to discuss relevant issues. You play a bigger role in determining what life will look like post-divorce, and this appeals to many couples who may agree on some of the issues surrounding the divorce. If you and your spouse are still able to communicate relatively well, and if you have already come to agreements on child custody and other major issues, like division of property, you may be a great candidate for divorce mediation. Even if you and your spouse are able to come to agreement on some issues, but not others, you can make the most of mediation by targeting those challenging topics with the assistance of a mediator.

Likewise, if you do not trust your spouse or feel that there is a serious imbalance of power in the relationship, your case might not be right for divorce mediation. In these scenarios, you should meet with an experienced family law attorney to discuss your case and the best possible way to proceed. Hiring an experienced mediator is critical. One way to determine an eligible candidate is to see whether that lawyer has obtained mediator certification, which is special training in how to effectively use mediation. This shows a commitment to the field and advanced skills, which is ultimately the ideal situation for your case. Contact a certified Illinois family law mediator today for an initial consultation.

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