Family Law Mediation Services
You and your spouse can work to reach a divorce settlement in many ways, including mediation. In mediation, spouses meet face to face in a neutral setting and try to reach an agreement with the assistance of a trained mediator. The mediator does not represent either side, but instead works with both sides to facilitate an agreement.
The attorneys of O'Connor Family Law, P.C., offer family law mediation services both as neutrals and representing clients in mediation. We also offer collaborative divorce services. We will work hard to keep you in control of the outcome of your divorce, while ensuring that you get everything you are entitled to under Illinois law. From our Chicago-based law office, we offer family law mediation services for clients throughout Cook County and Illinois.
Is Mediation Right For You?
You and your spouse can use mediation in many ways. Here are just a few examples:
- Your lawyer can represent you and advocate for you in mediation sessions. This is known as lawyer-assisted mediation.
- You and your spouse can use a neutral mediator who does not represent either of you, without your attorney in the room.
- Your attorney can advise you before and after your mediation sessions and review any proposed agreement before you sign it.
- You can work with a mediator to help you reach a deal on a specific portion of your agreement.
Mediation is not binding on either party. If you are unable to reach an agreement, you can still proceed to litigation. Even if you cannot reach a full agreement, mediation may help you reduce the number of issues that need to be litigated.
Advantages Of Mediation
There are several advantages to attempting to resolve your divorce issues by mediation:
- You and your spouse have more control over issues such as marital property division and child custody arrangements.
- In lawyer-assisted mediation, your attorney will be by your side to explain Illinois law.
- You can involve experts as needed to resolve specialized issues such as division of a business.
- You can avoid the publicity of a courtroom proceeding.
- You can avoid disclosing financial information that you and your spouse would rather keep private.
- Even if you are not able to resolve all divorce issues through mediation, you may be able to reduce the number of issues that need to be litigated in court.