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Illinois divorce mediation lawyersDivorce mediation has quickly become a popular way for parties to divorce - and not just because it offers a more cost-effective way to dissolve a marriage. Mediation also encourages cooperation and compromise between the divorcing parties, which can help to improve the overall outcome for divorcing parents, older divorcing couples splitting a retirement, and couples with a high net worth marriage. Still, divorcing parties often feel more at ease when they know what to expect from the divorce mediation process. Learn more in the following sections, which address some of the most frequently asked questions about divorce mediation in Illinois. 

What is Divorce Mediation? 

Before mediation, divorcing parties were pitted against one another and placed on opposite sides in court litigation. Sadly, this led to many poor outcomes, especially for children. Mediation works differently. It encourages the parties to compromise and come to an agreement that works for all involved parties (parents, children, and even pets). Parties who successfully reach an agreement can avoid court proceedings altogether, but if an agreement cannot be made, the parties may still address their issues in court and allow a judge to decide on the matters that are pertinent or problematic in their divorce. 

Are There Any Benefits to Choosing Mediation Over Litigation?

Mediation is often chosen by divorcing couples because it offers them a way to end their marriage faster, and more amicably. As a result, they are better able to preserve their wealth. Children are also less likely to suffer maladjustment when their parents go through a divorce, especially when parents strive for amicable proceedings and an agreement that allows the child ample time and support from each of their parents. Agreements can also be more flexible for those that go through mediation. Parents, retiring divorcees, and even high net worth individuals often find this to be a benefit in their Illinois divorce cases. 

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DuPage County divorce mediation attorneys, divorce mediationIf you in the process of a divorce or even just considering divorce, it is important that you have a basic understanding of divorce mediation because it may be a viable, or even your best, option.

What is Divorce Mediation?

Divorce mediation is a process where a trained third-party neutral mediator helps you and the spouse you are divorcing come to decisions about division of property, spousal support, child custody issues, and any other things that you need to figure out for your divorce. Divorce mediation allows a couple to prioritize what is most important to them and to hopefully come up with solutions to problems that both can live with. The mediator is there to help couples come to an agreement and to also make sure that the negotiations are fair and both sides have their voices heard. The mediator is impartial, though he or she can advise couples on the law in Illinois if he or she is an attorney. Mediators also keep the couple focused on the task at hand instead of letting them get bogged down in resentments and emotions.

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