Depending on your circumstances, divorce mediation may be a good option for you. Mediation with regard to child custody and support can provide a less adversarial environment to find solutions when parties don’t agree. Seeking mediation many also save you time and money compared to traditional litigation.
Sometimes couples just cannot see eye-to-eye on issues such as child custody. They may benefit from having a middle-man or mediator to sort things out. A mediator is a professional, neutral party who can work with parents to come up with viable solutions. As par for the course, experienced mediators have seen their share of heated exchanges between couples. However, they are very good at refocusing attention back to the important issues, thereby helping parents to set aside personal feelings for the benefit of the children.
That said, sometimes parents cannot work together in the same room and, in that case, mediation can be done separately by moving back and forth between parties to work on an agreement. Because the mediation environment is less threatening, parents are typically willing to speak more freely and, therefore, make more concessions. Instead of a trial that could drag out into months or years, a mediation can be conducted in one to two weeks saving time and money.
If you are divorcing and would like more information regarding family law mediation or collaborative divorce, contact the Law Offices of Schlesinger & Strauss, LLC for help. We have substantial experience and training in family law mediation and can help you decide if mediation is in your best interest. To learn about the family law mediation process please call or e-mail our Libertyville law firm. Contact an Illinois divorce mediation attorney.