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 the divorce mediation process, not advocating for either spouse. Mediators are trained to offer numerous alternative solutions when spouses fail to agree, always working to keep the dialogue focused on resolutions rather than arguments. Once an agreement is reached, the mediator prepares the document that will serve as the divorce decree.
How Are Mediators Chosen?
Mediators are chosen by judges and must be on an approved list of mediators. I am honored to be 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, including:
- 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.
- The process 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.
How Can I Learn More About Mediation?
Contact The Law Office Of Cynthia L. Lazar in Libertyville to schedule a consultation. As an experienced divorce lawyer and mediator, I can answer all of your questions and make sure you understand all of the options available to you.