My name is Cynthia L. Lazar, and I am a certified family law mediator. I provide divorce mediation services. In addition, I provide family mediation services for parents already divorced. The judges for the 19th Judicial Circuit, Lake County, Illinois, maintain a list of approved family law mediators. I am one of the senior mediators on that list.

Is A Mediated Divorce Right For You?

Divorce cases are unlike other civil lawsuits; there are no corporations or insurance companies paying for the litigation.

Who Will Pay For The Divorce?

You and your spouse.

Resolving a divorce through litigation has many disadvantages, primarily:

  • Cost: Family law attorneys are paid by the hour. Your divorce-related quarrels can become extremely time-consuming and expensive. The more trips to the courthouse, the more expensive your divorce will be, leaving you with fewer resources post-divorce. I frequently advise clients not to spend money on an expensive divorce; instead, save those funds for your own future or your child's college expenses. A contested, litigated divorce can be financially devastating for a family.
  • Loss of control: When a husband and wife are able to reach an agreement, they remain in control of their futures. Litigation places a judge in control, which can result in an outcome neither spouse is happy with.
  • Difficulty in parenting: Tensions from the courthouse can carry over into the parenting relationship, making it more difficult for parents to cooperate for the good of the children.
  • Timetable: When you mediate, you control the length of time from start to finish for the divorce. By contrast, contested, litigated divorce cases are placed on the court's calendar and the court determines the timetable, which can be a long and drawn-out process.

What Is Mediation?

In mediation, you and your spouse will meet with a specially trained divorce mediator, privately, at the mediator's office. The mediator works as a neutral and does not advocate in favor of the husband or the wife. The mediator will guide you in working out agreements regarding property, support and parenting issues. When spouses disagree, experienced and trained mediators offer numerous alternative solutions to the specific problem. Spouses can then resolve the disputed issue by exploring which of the many options is right for them. Once agreements are reached, the mediator will prepare a written Memorandum of Understanding that will serve as the main document in your divorce decree.

The mediation process can reduce the time, money and acrimony involved in your divorce.

Remain In Control. Contact Me For A Consultation.

I frequently ask clients why they would want to place what is most precious to them, that is, matters pertaining to their children and their finances, in the hands of a stranger. If you turn the matter over to the court, that is exactly what you are doing. Experienced family law lawyers frequently advise clients to first attempt to mediate; they tell their clients that taking the matter before court is the last alternative when all else has failed.

Contact my Libertyville, Illinois, firm today to arrange a consultation.