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Lombard, IL alternative dispute resolution attorney

The moment the divorce process is set into motion, separating spouses are inundated with challenges and are forced to address a number of different conflicts. Whether the decision to end your marriage was mutual or rife with tension, a variety of issues can arise, requiring both parties to work together to find solutions. Discussions about everything from the division of assets and spousal maintenance to child support are all topics that can quickly turn an amicable split into a contentious one. While not every divorce involves heated debates and bitter court battles, even couples whose interactions are civil and respectful may run into roadblocks as they navigate the divorce process. However, there are alternative dispute resolution methods that achieve the same goal of legally ending a marriage. 

How to Know When it Is Time to Consider Mediation

Divorce mediation is a path that allows both parties to work with a neutral third party who is specifically trained to handle conflict resolution. A mediator is equipped to address concerns over legal matters while working with a couple to find a solution that meets the needs of each party. How do you know when you are in over your head with the divorce process? At would point should couples seek out mediation to resolve ongoing conflicts? Experts suggest there are multiple indicators that signal your need for help from a third party. Here are some signs that your divorce case may benefit from some support to help move things in the right direction:

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Naperville ADR divorce lawyer

Marriage is not for everyone; however, there are those people who enter into marriage believing they can make it work and last a lifetime. Unfortunately, even for those couples who give it their best, they may ultimately decide to divorce. Indeed, most recent statistics available show that more than 22 percent of couples marrying for the first time end up divorcing in less than five years, while 53 percent of all marriages dissolve by the 20-year anniversary. Although divorce proceedings are usually carried out in court, litigation is not always necessary to legally terminate your marriage.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

There is a growing trend for couples to use other means to resolve the issues involved in ending their marriage, and these methods are known as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Mediation is one of the most common types of ADR, and during this process, divorcing spouses will work with a third-party mediator to address and resolve all legal issues involved in dissolving their marriage. The process is confidential and non-binding. This means if one spouse does not agree with the mediator’s proposed resolution of an issue, they will not be required to follow it, and any issues that cannot be resolved may be addressed through litigation in court. The mediator can help resolve issues typically involved in divorce, such as:

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DuPage County divorce lawyersIf you anticipate that your divorce will be both complicated and contentious — perhaps due to parenting style differences, children with special needs, or substantial income and assets to be divided — consider which of these two options sounds better:

You and your spouse each choose an aggressive lawyer who will fight out your issues in one-to-one negotiation or in court, if necessary. Consider which of you has more money to spend and is more likely to drag out the legal process out of spite.

You and your spouse agree to resolve your divorce without going to court, working cooperatively with a team of professionals who will provide a neutral perspective and recommendations on both financial and parenting issues with a focus on the best interests of your family as a whole.

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Illinois family lawyerDivorce mediation gives couples who are ending their marriage the opportunity to resolve problems outside of the courtroom. It involves a mediator who points out certain issues and helps couples come to mutual agreements. The goal of the mediator is to remain neutral but allow each spouse see both sides clearly. Five of the most common mediation myths include:

1. Mediation is not for couples who do not agree on anything.

It is important to note that you do not have to agree on everything with your spouse. The purpose of mediation is to assist you and your spouse in resolving divorce problems outside of court. A mediator can help you find a common ground and come to an agreement with your spouse.

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Illinois divorce lawyerA divorce does not have to lead to a courtroom battle filled with emotions. With collaborative divorce, divorcing couples can avoid this and work together to come to an agreement. In recent years, this type of divorce has become more common. In fact, it’s been recognized by the Illinois Collaborative Process Act which will go into effect on January 1st, 2018 and was passed to promote the use of the collaborative process to settle more cases in Illinois. Let’s take a closer look at the meaning of the Collaborative Process Act.

The Collaborative Process Act Defined

A collaborative divorce involves spouses working together with their lawyers to come to a resolution on outstanding issues that need to be settled. The Collaborative Process Act states the following:

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