When a couple makes the decision to end their marriage, they may expect the divorce process to be hostile and contested. However, many aspects of a divorce can be settled between spouses in an amicable and respectful manner. One of the most effective ways to resolve the issues involved in a divorce case is through mediation.
What Is Divorce Mediation?
Here in the United States, mediation is one of the most common methods of dispute resolution used by divorcing couples. Mediation is a process in which the two spouses work together with a third-party mediator to reach a divorce settlement that works for both spouses.
The benefits of mediating your divorce can be numerous. Most notably, mediation allows you to have some control over the decision-making process. This means that you and your spouse can try to work together to determine what is fair for both parties and reach solutions that ultimately may not have been possible through a standard, court-driven legal process. Because the divorce is settled privately between the two of you, there is no public record of the mediation. This allows for a level of privacy that is not possible in a standard divorce. Mediation may also allow you to complete the divorce process more quickly since you can reach a settlement without the need for multiple court hearings or a divorce trial.
In the end, mediation allows you to work directly with your spouse to reach a mutually-agreeable resolution to all of the legal issues in your divorce. This direct dialogue can also serve as a foundation for a new type of relationship. If you and your spouse have children together, mediation will allow both of you to allocate parental responsibilities at your own discretion, while also giving both of you the opportunity to work on conflict resolution. If you believe that you and your spouse can cooperatively reach a settlement that benefits both of you in this new chapter of your life, speak with your attorney regarding the possibility of mediation.
Contact an Oak Park Family Law Attorney
Getting a divorce from your spouse can be a very turbulent time in your life. As you cope with the emotional aspects of your divorce, a skilled attorney can help you address the required legal issues and work with you to reach a favorable settlement. At the Law Office of Vincent C. Machroli, P.C., we pride ourselves in our ability to represent your best interests as we work with you to secure the best possible outcome in your divorce case. We would be happy to discuss alternative dispute resolution options such as mediation as you prepare for the divorce process. To schedule a complimentary initial consultation with a Hillside, IL divorce lawyer who has dealt with numerous divorce judges over 31 years, contact us today at 708-449-7400.