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Divorce mediation as an alternative to litigation in Illinois

If your marriage is ending, you are likely to want to get your divorce completed soon and with as little disagreement as possible. Your divorce likely involves many aspects that will need to be decided, including how to divide your property, with whom your children will live and what your children's parenting time will be, whether you and your spouse will share decision-making responsibility for your child and whether you or your spouse will want to be awarded alimony.

What are the advantages of divorce mediation?

Illinois residents who are preparing to divorce may be curious about the benefits of mediation rather than litigation. While it is still necessary for couples to file an action in court in order to legally dissolve their unions, it is not required that they go through a trial or have a judge divide their assets. Mediation is on the rise among many couples as a lower-stress alternative to the traditional antagonistic divorce proceedings. The limited stress of mediation is one reason many family court judges routinely order mediation in cases involving child custody disputes.

Steps to prepare for child custody mediation

Illinois parents who must enter mediation in order to come to an agreement about child custody arrangements during a divorce should prepare for the process ahead of time. If the mediation is court-ordered, the mediator's recommendations may have a great deal of weight in court, and the outcome of the decision will profoundly affect both children and their parents for years. Even if the mediation is amicable, preparation can help.

For some, divorce tops the New Years resolution list

Once the decision has been made to end an Illinois marriage, many Illinois spouses are eager to get the process started. However, timing can become an issue, especially as the holiday season approaches. For many, the prospect of discussing divorce between Thanksgiving and Christmas is less appealing than a giant hunk of their mother-in-law's fruitcake.

After separation, TV star's husband files for divorce

Divorce is a major legal and life decision that shouldn't be taken lightly, but it may become a necessary move. For Illinois couples trying to determine their next steps, a trial separation may be a first step. After a period of time apart, couples can reassess and determine if they should move forward with a divorce.

Mediation can save money and hassle in divorce

What do you want out of your divorce? If you're like most people, the main thing you're probably looking for is simply a chance to start over and be happy. Of course, you are also likely concerned with the more tangible aspects of the divorce, like dividing up property and debt, setting terms of support and, if applicable, making arrangements for child custody and visitation.

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