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Elmhurst Illinois Mediation Lawyer

Illinois, Family Law Attorney Facilitates Mediation and Collaborative Law

Dispute resolution in family law contexts is often best carried out through mediation or collaborative law. Each legal process has its pluses and minuses. Each is intended to prevent costly, contentious litigation that may tear a family apart even more than the divorce or separation that set it in motion.

The Law Offices of Laura M. Urbik Kern is a valuable resource for couples and families going through divorce or dispute resolution related to child custody, spousal support or other family law matters.

Couples approaching divorce sometimes think they can resolve all property division and child custody questions without the assistance of an attorney. The idea of an amicable divorce is a worthy goal. However, individuals facing marital dissolution don't have the experience and knowledge that a well-qualified family law attorney has about details such as the following:

  • Retirement fund allocation (401k or pension)
  • College expense considerations for children of the marriage
  • Vacation homes
  • Business valuation
  • Hidden assets or income of one party or both
  • Real estate questions in a deflated property market
  • Child custody arrangements for parents with irregular or rotating shifts on the job (such as nurses or pilots)

Because of the many complexities involved in resolving a divorce or child custody dispute, it is advisable to consider the best way to resolve any such dilemmas. You are well advised to talk to a lawyer about options for resolving tricky questions such as these in the most efficient and nonadversarial way possible. You and your spouse or your child's other parent may elect to resolve questions of property division, child support or spousal support through mediation or collaborative law.

Family Law Mediation

In mediation, a neutral third party (a mediator) helps separated, divorcing or divorced couples create their own property division and custody settlements that a court will accept.

Couples in mediation have the opportunity to focus on issues of potential disagreement in order to reach a satisfactory settlement as expeditiously as possible. Issues that are not necessarily part of a traditional divorce but which are important to your family ― such as grandparents' rights ― can be included in the negotiations at your discretion. Mediation is less adversarial than traditional divorce litigation. Proceedings are private; only the settlement that becomes part of the divorce or custody settlement will be a matter of public record.

Collaborative Law in Divorce and Custody Disputes

In collaborative law, you and your lawyer will meet with the other party (your spouse, ex-spouse or child's other parent if unmarried) and his or her lawyer. If necessary, neutral counselors or financial planners will be involved. If no negotiated settlement results from these four-way meetings, then each person must begin again with a new attorney. This gives parties strong incentive to give their best efforts to arriving at a satisfactory settlement.

Learn how collaborative law, mediation or traditional divorce litigation can help you achieve your goals when your marriage has broken down or when you are separated from your child's parent. Contact the Law Offices of Laura M. Urbik Kern.