Divorce Lawyer Facilitating Mediation and Collaborative Law for Illinois Families

Dispute resolution in family law contexts is often best carried out through mediation or collaborative law. Each legal process has its pluses and minuses. Both mediation and collaborative law are 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 parental responsibilities and parenting time 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 Divorce Lawyer has regarding the following details:

  • Retirement fund allocation (401(k) or pension)
  • College expense considerations for children of the marriage
  • Vacation homes
  • Business valuation
  • Hidden assets or income of one or both parties
  • 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 your options for resolving tricky family law issues in the most efficient and non-adversarial 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 parenting plans 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. What occurs during the process and all of the information discussed in mediation is and remains confidential.

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 provides parties with a strong incentive to give their best efforts to arriving at a satisfactory settlement.

When your marriage has broken down or when you are separated from your child’s other parent. Traditional divorce litigation is not the only option to achieve your goals. Learn how collaborative law, mediation, can help you achieve your goals. Contact the Law Offices of Laura M. Urbik Kern today to arrange a meeting with a Divorce Lawyer. We assist family law clients throughout Cook, DuPage, Will and Kane Counties with mediation and collaborative law.