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Mediation: Bringing Calm to an Otherwise Contentious Moment

Divorce mediation is an important element of family law. Not every divorce or issue can or should be addressed in the courtroom. A growing number of people choose to circumvent the courtroom for their most private, personal and difficult dissolution decisions. Mediation is an excellent choice for those who want to find common ground on issues and resolve them without the anxiety and public discord that is often associated with litigation during a divorce.

During mediation, both spouses agree to utilize a mediator to help them address and work through their disputes or post-divorce issues. The mediator is a neutral third party who will not give legal advice to either individual for their own benefit - they are simply there to facilitate an agreement between the parties and help them reach an accord.

Not every mediator is a lawyer, but many of them are. Experience is a critical component to being a successful mediator, as is the ability to facilitate communication between two parties and knowledge of the law. That can be more difficult than it sounds and you do not want to reach an agreement in mediation only to find out the agreement is not allowed under Illinois law. Additionally, your mediator must be organized, creative and prepared to implement whatever agreement is ultimately reached by the splitting spouses.

We at Goddard & Malmquist are familiar with numerous forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation. For those who are seeking a divorce in the state of Illinois but are not comfortable approaching your divorce in a traditional litigated manner, an alternative route may be enticing to you. We can act as a mediator should you and your spouse decide to go a different route with your divorce.

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