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Can Mediation Settle Our Illinois Child Custody Dispute?

 Posted on March 14, 2024 in Mediation

IL divorce lawyerWhen parents get a divorce, one of the most pressing issues surrounds what will happen with child custody. The division of parental responsibilities, parenting time, and other matters that come up when parents end their marriage can be extremely complicated to navigate. Sometimes, parents truly seem like the enemies portrayed in television and movies. But other times, parents can split amicably and still put their child’s well-being above anything else. In such cases, they might be able to settle their child custody dispute through mediation. Speak with a knowledgeable Wheaton, IL divorce lawyer to discuss whether this might be a good option for you.

How Does Mediation Work?

Every case varies, but mediation generally begins with both parties in a case working with the mediator to identify the issues they agree on and the issues under dispute. The mediator then begins a conversation with them about whatever issues remain unresolved and helps them consider a variety of options for resolving them. It is not the mediator’s job to make any decisions for the parents but rather to empower and encourage them to make decisions that would best suit them.

If discussions become too heated, the mediator might have various conflict-resolution means at their disposal. She might also suggest a break to let everyone cool down before reengaging in a heated topic. Regardless, mediators are commonly found to keep all dialog productive and respectful and this contributes to a more positive experience.

People who have resolved their disputes this way often find that the experience they gained during mediation afforded them conflict-resolution skills that served them later in life.

Additionally, when a couple resolves their divorce through mediation, it puts the power in their own hands instead of allowing a judge to make decisions for them that will affect their family and their future. Through mediation, parents retain control over decisions that relate to their child rather than giving that control to the court.

Schedule a Free Consultation with a DuPage County, IL Mediation Lawyer

If you and your spouse want a divorce but are concerned about how child custody disputes might get resolved, a Wheaton, IL divorce attorney can examine whether mediation might be a good option for you. At Davi Law Group, we offer free consultations. Call 630-657-5052 to schedule yours so we can get started building a case to advocate for your interests.

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