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Mediation as a tool to handle divorce

On behalf of Janet Boyle of Boyle Feinberg Sharma posted in Divorce Mediation on Friday, May 1, 2015.

For Illinois couples considering divorce, mediation may be one option. However, in order to take advantage of the benefits of mediation, which include faster processing time and less cost when compared to a contested divorce, it is important to understand how the process works and to take steps to make it even more effective. Mediation can be a powerful tool in the divorce process when both partners are willing to work together for a common goal of settling their case amicably.

Couples facing divorce issues such as property division, child support or alimony have a variety of options when it comes to settling their differences. Mediation is one option of many, and for some couples, it proves to be a good choice.

However, in order for mediation to work, both partners must understand why it can be successful and to honor the commitment to work with the process. This means listening to each other’s statements and allowing each partner to speak freely and to have a chance to tell their side of the story. It is also important for couples to acknowledge their anxieties about the process and trust the mediator to be fair and impartial in their guidance of the process.

It may be important to consider divorce mediation as one option in settling the issues surrounding the dissolution of a marriage. A divorce attorney might be able to help those who want to explore mediation as an option to find the right mediator. A divorce lawyer can also help clients ensure that their rights are protected throughout the mediation or settlement process.