Mediation FAQ

What Is Mediation?

Mediation is a form of dispute resolution that is led by a neutral mediator. The focus is on working out agreements regarding issues such as property division, parenting plans, child support and spousal maintenance/alimony.

What Does A Mediator Do?

A mediator remains neutral throughout mediation, not advocating for the husband or the wife. Mediators are trained to offer numerous alternative solutions when spouses fail to agree, keeping the dialogue focused on resolution rather than fighting. Once an agreement is reached, the mediator will prepare the document that will become the divorce decree.

How Are Mediators Chosen?

Mediators are chosen by judges and must be on an approved list of mediators. I am one of the senior mediators in the 19th Judicial Circuit in Lake County, Illinois.

What Are The Benefits Of Mediation?

The benefits of mediation are numerous, primarily:

  • Costs are reduced when compared with litigation.
  • Spouses remain in control of the outcome.
  • Solutions can be reached without further straining the relationship; this is crucial in situations where co-parenting will be necessary.
  • It is more efficient than most instances of litigation, which can be drawn out.

Is Mediation Mandatory?

No. Mediation is voluntary. If an agreement cannot be reached in mediation, parties and their attorneys can pursue other means of resolving disputes.

Where Can I Learn More About Mediation?

Contact my firm in Libertyville to schedule a consultation. As a experienced divorce lawyer and mediator, I can answer your additional questions and make sure you understand all of the options available to you.