When you consider all the parts to a divorce agreement that you must resolve, impending litigation can seem overwhelming.
Mediation is an alternative that offers a hands-on approach with several advantages, but is your situation too complicated for this option to work?
Litigation in Illinois
Divorce requires that you divide your marital property. You may also pay or receive spousal support. If you have children, you will set up child custody arrangements, child support payments and parenting time. Your divorce will be a matter for public scrutiny when you opt for the traditional court process, which can be lengthy, acrimonious and very expensive.
An alternative solution
Mediation is a divorce option that has gained favor with participants at all economic levels. No divorce is too complex for mediation. Couples find that it takes much less time and is therefore far less expensive than litigation. It is also a private process that takes place outside the courtroom. You and your spouse work together to arrive at an agreement that is acceptable to you both. Instead of having to abide by the decisions of a judge, you and your soon-to-be-ex will control the outcome of your own divorce. Moreover, since the two of you draw up the terms, your mediated agreement has a good chance of holding up better than a litigated settlement.
The role of the mediator
You and your spouse will meet with a mediator trained in dispute resolution who will provide guidance as you work toward a satisfactory divorce agreement. The mediator will not take sides but can offer various solutions for you to consider when disputes and sticking points arise.
Communication is key
Mediation relies on communication between the parties to keep the momentum going. You will discuss and come to an agreement on the major points a judge would normally weigh. At the same time, you will avoid the contentious atmosphere that often accompanies an expensive, long-drawn-out divorce in court.