Mediation Services
Naperville, Illinois

 
 
 
 
 
Mediation, in a divorce or family law context, refers to a meeting or meetings that are conducted by a neutral, trained third party at which verbal, face to face negotiations between two people take place with the aim of resolving their conflict(s). Mediation is a popular form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

The mediator's job is to help identify the precise issues involved in the conflict, help focus the negotiation on the issues in a positive, neutral and goal oriented manner and, ultimately, help the parties reach agreement. The mediator is not a substitute for a psychologist or attorney. A mediator is not allowed to render his or her professional opinion in the mediation even though he or she may also be a psychologist or an attorney. The parties should consult with his or her attorney before, during and after mediation in order to more clearly understand the issues involved in the particular conflict and learn the reasonable options or parameters within which a mediated resolution can be achieved.

The parties should consult with his or her attorney before, during and after mediation in order to more clearly understand the issues involved in the particular conflict and learn the reasonable options or parameters within which a mediated resolution can be achieved.

The court ordered mediation process is intended to be an aid to the family court system. If successful, it can reduce the court time consumed by parties to a conflict. In the case of mandatory mediation of parenting conflicts, which is required by Illinois law in all parenting conflicts, mediation may actually eliminate the need to consume any court time at all on a particular issue.

Private mediation may take place before either party even files for divorce in an attempt to minimize the time that divorce and or custody proceedings will take or it may take place during the litigation process, as the parties may agree, for issues that do not require mandatory mediation. In all cases, mediation can help save money by reducing litigation costs.


Mediation - Family Law in Naperville, IL
 
 
 
 
 
In addition to mediation, there is an option of participating in a Collaborative Law proceeding. That is where the lawyers you and your spouse hire are certified in collaborative law and you will enter into an agreement that promises the lawyer will not take your case to litigation, but rather work to resolve the issues through negotiation and meeting with your spouse and his collaborative attorney.

In response to a feeling that a lawyer should be able to both (1) assist the client to amicably negotiate and resolve issues and (2) take the case to litigation when necessary without causing the client to have to hire a new lawyer for litigation, some lawyers have begun to refer to a cooperative law process. This is merely a description of an informal proceeding in which the lawyers work through negotiation to resolve the issues before filing a case in order to minimize the costs associated with court litigation but the lawyers have not been certified as collaborative lawyers and they do not promise not to take the case to litigation.
Call us today 630-961-0225 to schedule an appointment for your mediation.