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How Can I Find the Right Mediator for My Illinois Divorce?

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St. Charles divorce mediation lawyersGoing through a divorce can be one of the most stressful experiences of someone’s life. Determining who gets what after the marriage ends is often a complicated undertaking. Decisions made through litigation involve the court system and can be time-consuming and costly. However, there is an alternative dispute resolution method available for divorce that is known as mediation. Mediation is generally less expensive, less stressful, and less time-consuming than going to court and having a long, drawn-out trial.

What Is Mediation?

Mediation is a process in which divorcing couples can meet with a trained, neutral third party to discuss and resolve typical divorce-related issues. The main goal of mediation is to use collaborative methods when determining who gets what after a divorce. If a couple can reach a mutual agreement, it is submitted to the court for approval. 

Some of the main issues that a mediator can assist you with include:

  • Allocation of parental responsibility (child custody)
  • Parenting time (visitation)
  • Property/asset division
  • Spousal maintenance (alimony)
  • Child support

Tips for a Successful Mediation

Once you and your spouse decide that mediation is your best option, you then have to choose a mediator you trust to guide you through the proceedings. This is an important step in the process, since mediation is an unregulated profession in the United States, and not all divorce mediators are the same. The marital issues you will need to resolve require knowledge that comes with education, training, and years of experience.

Below are a few steps you can take when choosing a mediator to help you navigate your divorce:

  • Decide in advance what you want to get out of mediation. 
  • Determine your goals for the meeting(s). 
  • Compile a list of names of potential mediators. 
  • Evaluate materials/information on possible mediators. 
  • Interview the mediation candidates. 
  • Evaluate their credentials and make a decision.

In some cases, word-of-mouth referrals from friends or relatives who have used a mediator before can assist you in selecting the right one for you. In addition, there are national mediator membership organizations that maintain lists of practitioners and offer referral services. In the end, it is important to use a mediator with whom you feel comfortable in order to achieve a positive outcome. Overall, mediation lets a couple create solutions that work best for them and their children. 

Contact a Geneva Divorce Lawyer

A divorce does not necessarily mean a couple has to go to court to reach a settlement. Mediation is an alternate option that allows spouses to come to an agreement through compromising with the help of a neutral third party and subject matter experts. A seasoned Elgin mediation attorney will make sure all of your marital issues are resolved in a manner that is in your best interest. We have over five decades of experience advocating for clients in divorce and family matters. Call the Law Offices of Benedict Schwarz, II PC today at 630-200-4882 to schedule a free consultation. 

 

Source:

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

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