The Four Ways To Resolve A Divorce

In divorce cases, we frequently encounter individuals who are unsure how best to approach the process of obtaining a divorce. Many clients want to move forward as amicably as possible, but they also want to be certain their rights and interests are protected.

As we explain to our clients, there are four ways to resolve a divorce in Illinois. The following are the basic differences between these four approaches:

  • Divorce litigation: In a litigated divorce case, the attorneys for the two parties negotiate and argue for the desired outcomes before a judge, who ultimately decides all of the contested issues if the parties are unable to reach an agreement.
  • Collaborative Law: In a Collaborative divorce, each spouse is represented by a collaboratively trained lawyer, and everyone works together to negotiate a unique and private settlement.
  • Divorce mediation: In divorce mediation, the two parties meet with a neutral mediator who works with them to settle their differences and reach a tentative settlement. The parties then bring their mediated agreement to an attorney or attorneys for the preparation of all of the necessary documents to obtain the divorce.
  • Informal negotiation: Spouses who are able to negotiate the terms of their divorce between themselves can get an uncontested divorce.

Factors to consider when choosing the right approach to your divorce include your spouse's cooperation level, your level of trust in your spouse, your desire to maintain a good co-parenting relationship with your spouse, the knowledge base of both parties, and the expense associated with each approach.

Divorce Mediation, Collaboration, Negotiation And Litigation Lawyer

We are experienced at all of these approaches to divorce. We aggressively protect our clients' rights in court, we frequently assist clients through collaborative law and mediation, and we can ensure that an uncontested divorce is done correctly and goes smoothly.

To discuss the best way to resolve your divorce case, telephone Goddard & Malmquist at 847-382-3995, or send us an email to schedule a consultation appointment with an attorney. We represent clients throughout Greater Chicago from offices in Chicago and Barrington.