Cook County Divorce Lawyer and Mediator Promoting Conflict Resolution

There are many ways to resolve a family law conflict. The Law Offices of Laura M. Urbik Kern utilizes many conflict resolution methods. The following are options in the dissolution process:

1) Kitchen Table Negotiation – No attorney is necessary to negotiate the deal. You and your spouse sit down and work through the issues of asset and liability division, child custody, and parenting time across the kitchen table. However, you will need a Cook County divorce lawyer to prepare the paperwork properly and schedule the court dates. It can be done without counsel, with one attorney, or with two attorneys. However, if you choose to prepare the paperwork without counsel at all, you run the risk of ending up in court again at a later date due to misunderstandings, lack of knowledge of court rules, and poor draftsmanship. At the very least, you should see an attorney prior to starting the negotiation so that you understand the law. This is a non-adversarial process.

2) Early Intervention Mediation – This method utilizes a trained neutral mediator who will manage the negotiation between you and your spouse before attorneys are employed to begin the litigation process. We will empower you to work together with your spouse in a respectful manner to divide property and debt and to determine your decision-making and parenting issues. We are trained and certified mediators with over 14 years of pre- and post-decree meditation experience. This is a non-adversarial process.

3) Collaborative Law – This method utilizes two attorneys trained in the process along with one or two mental health professionals and an agreed-upon financial advisor. The team works together with you and your spouse to resolve the divorce issues without court intervention. If the process collapses, all participants agree to withdraw and litigation counsel is retained. This is a full disclosure process that is non-adversarial.

4) Mediation – A process utilized by two people who wish to resolve their differences with a neutral third party before employing the litigation process. This process can be employed after litigation has begun in order to resolve children’s issues, and is mandated by the Court if there is no agreement on decision-making and parenting time. An entire case can be mediated (see 2) if the parties desire. We are skilled in both child and financial mediation issues. This is a non-adversarial process.

5) Litigation – In this process, both parties litigate issues in court and a judge makes the final decisions. This is an adversarial process.

Call us today at (630) 993-1230 or contact us online to schedule your consultation with a Cook County Divorce Lawyer. We will discuss any or all of the above conflict resolution methods in greater detail when you come in for your initial consultation.