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What Are the Benefits of Using Mediation to Resolve My DuPage County Divorce?

Posted on in Alternative Dispute Resolution

IL divorce lawyerThe decision to get divorced is just the beginning of what is often a long and complex process. Divorcing couples must address important financial concerns including ownership of marital assets as well as marital debts. If the couple shares children, they will need to determine the allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time. It can be exceptionally difficult to have a productive conversation about these issues with someone you are in the middle of divorcing. Old hurts and regrets often steer the conversation off course and lead to arguments instead of resolutions. This is where divorce mediation can be extremely useful.

The Mediator Will Facilitate a Productive Conversation

Family law mediators are third parties who facilitate productive, solution-oriented conversations during divorce. A mediator can help you and your spouse identify the issues that you agree on and those issues you disagree on and then find creative solutions you can both approve of. Instead of telling you what to do, the mediator helps you and your spouse explore the advantages and disadvantages of various solutions. The mediator may also step in and redirect the conversation when it goes off track. This can help you and your spouse avoid futile arguments that only lessen the chances of an out-of-court agreement.

Mediation is Confidential and Cost-Effective

When a divorce case is litigated through the court, personal matters may become a part of the public record. Many spouses want to maintain privacy as much as possible during a divorce. Mediation is a great way to discuss divorce issues without the risk of your discussions becoming public. Keeping matters confidential is especially important when a spouse is well known in the community. Mediation is also less expensive than litigation.

Mediation Puts You in Control of The Divorce Outcome

The issues you discuss during your divorce will likely impact your life and your children's lives for years to come. It is important that any solutions are customized to your specific situation. When you resolve your divorce disagreements through mediation, you maintain control over the outcome. If the case goes to trial, a judge who does not know you personally decides the outcome of the case.

Mediation May Facilitate a Healthy Co-Parenting Relationship

Parents are encouraged and sometimes even required to attend mediation during a divorce. Mediation often teaches parents conflict resolution skills and de-escalation tactics that are useful later in their co-parenting relationship. Furthermore, parents may be more likely to comply with parenting time schedules and decisions that they had a part in determining.

Contact a Wheaton Divorce Lawyer

If you are getting divorced, consider working with a mediator to resolve your disagreements. Contact the DuPage County divorce attorneys at Stock, Carlson & Asso. LLC to learn more. Call 630-665-2500 for a confidential consultation to learn more.

Source:

https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?ActID=2086&ChapterID=59&SeqStart=8300000&SeqEnd=10000000

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