Who Should Use Divorce Mediation?

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IL divorce lawyerDivorce mediation is now a very popular option for people of all ages and income levels who are getting divorced. In Illinois, spouses who are able to agree on each issue in their divorce can often get divorced fairly quickly. Courts will nearly always accept agreements between the spouses and use these terms in the divorce decree. Mediation is also done in private as opposed to contested divorce, which is carried out in open court. It is also generally far more cost-effective than going to court. This can make divorce mediation a very attractive option for a lot of couples. It tends to work particularly well for amicable spouses but can work for those who are fighting as well. However, mediation is not for every set of spouses. Your DuPage County divorce attorney can help you decide whether trying divorce mediation first makes sense in your case. 

Will Divorce Mediation Work for Us?

While no one can predict with certainty whether divorce mediation will work for you and your spouse, there are a few factors that might suggest it is worth trying. It may be a good sign that divorce mediation will be effective for you if your divorce is:

  • Amicable - Spouses who are still friendly with each other are more likely to be fair to each other in mediation. If you and your spouse get along well and intend to maintain a cordial relationship, it is likely that you will be able to work together and make compromises. 
  • Gray - While this is not true in every case, older adults who are getting divorced are often more mature and can be reasonable and just during mediation. While older adults might have more complicated divorce issues, they are often able to settle these issues with a little help from their lawyers and a mediator. 
  • Quick - If you were not married for very long at all, you and your spouse probably do not have a lot of marital property or children together. Short marriages can often be resolved quickly in mediation. 
  • After separation - If you and your spouse were legally (or practically) separated for a while, you likely already have some agreements in place about what property belongs to whom. If you have children, you are likely experienced separated co-parents and may be able to simply put your existing agreements into a formal legal document. 

Divorce mediation is beneficial for a lot of people for a lot of reasons. It is important to talk with your divorce attorney about whether mediation may be right for you. 


dupage county mediation lawyerMediation can save a lot of time, money, and worry when it comes to your family law issues, including divorce. Because private mediation occurs outside the purview of the court system, it typically benefits everyone involved and assists in maintaining a more peaceful family life, which is particularly advantageous for any children involved. 

Our mediators can help you mediate your divorce or another family law issue. With our experience dealing in these manners, we can help you navigate the procedure in hopes of meeting the requirements of both parties. 

Divorce Mediation Basics

A mediator is typically not an attorney. Therefore, as will be stated during your initial mediation session, he or she is impartial to the interests of both parties. This means that they cannot and will not offer legal counsel to any side throughout the process of discussions.


Il divorce lawyerIt is no secret that getting a divorce is a difficult process that is often fraught with conflict. But even divorcing spouses who get along relatively well may still be interested in keeping the process as peaceful as possible. Whether you anticipate a hostile divorce or are on good terms with your spouse, alternative dispute resolution strategies can be helpful. In fact, very few divorces in Illinois go to court because alternative dispute resolution is so successful that it is often ordered by judges before a case can proceed to trial.

There are two major types of alternative dispute resolution when it comes to divorce: Mediation and collaborative divorce. While they share some similarities, knowing the difference between these two strategies can help you decide which one is right for you.

A Mediator is Not Necessarily an Attorney

During the mediation process, a mediator will help spouses prioritize, stay focused, and remain results-oriented. Mediators are trained professionals who are intimately familiar with Illinois divorce laws, and they are often but not always attorneys. Conversations during mediation meetings are confidential and have the goal of moving a couple closer towards divorce by creating a divorce agreement that both spouses find fair and which is likely to be approved by an Illinois judge.


Is Mediation Right for Me?

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mediation, DuPage County divorce attorneysMediation is a method of negotiation which some couples choose to utilize when they are getting divorced. In divorce mediation, the couple and often their attorneys, meet with a third party called a mediator to discuss the details of ending the marriage. A mediator is not necessarily an attorney, nor will he or she give legal advice. The purpose of a mediator is to be a neutral third party who facilitates conversation and cooperation between the couples.

Advantages of Mediation

Mediation has proved to be helpful to many couples going through a divorce. It is typically faster and less expensive to work out issues using a mediator than to work those issues out in court. Although, not every divorcing couple who uses a mediator to help them resolve their disputes avoids court. One of the biggest advantages to using a mediator is that both of the spouse’s needs and wants are considered. Both people will have input on the agreement and feel like their voices are heard.


Divorce and Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods

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dispute resolution, Wheaton divorce attorneyDivorce is a time during which some couples experience serious discord. As such, there are those couples for whom attempting to amicably discuss issues may wind up being more trouble than it is worth. Illinois law permits couples to pursue alternative methods of dispute resolution, and if you and your spouse are looking to avoid a potentially messy courtroom fight, one of these methods may be right for you.


Mediation is the most commonly used form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in Illinois, due to its relatively low cost and efficiency. While court dockets may be clogged, a mediation may begin as soon as a third-party mediator is located. In Illinois, there are no statewide qualifications for mediators, though certain standards of practice are generally observed. A mediator is not required to hold any specific licensure, though they are required to have at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and be in good standing if they are a member of any professional organizations.


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