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Mediation Can Offer A More Amicable Path To Resolution


Sooner or later, every married couple has serious disagreements — they might be about finances, where to live, how to raise your children or any number of other issues. Sometimes a couple can work through these disagreements on their own, and sometimes they can benefit from the guidance of an experienced professional.

Even when it seems impossible to reach a compromise on an important issue, there are conflict resolution options that can help you and your spouse find common ground and avoid worst-case scenarios like legal separation and divorce. The Law Office of Kevin H. Saville, P.C., offers alternative divorce options, including both mediation and collaborative process services for couples in Chicago, Cook County and the adjoining counties.

How Can An Illinois Family Law Attorney Help You?

A lawyer is not only helpful when divorce is the only option — they can also help facilitate conversations that could save your marriage. Certified by the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago, we can help you and your spouse work through serious disagreements involving divorce, property division or child custody and visitation with professionalism and respect.

What Is The Difference Between Mediation And Collaborative Divorce?

In mediation, Mr. Saville acts as a neutral party facilitating discussion between spouses. No other attorneys are necessary in mediation, though either spouse may request the participation of their attorneys, if both sides agree.

In collaborative divorce and other collaborative proceedings, each spouse is represented by a collaboratively trained attorney. A team is built, which includes financial experts, mental health experts, child specialists and others. Collaborative practice demands a lot of hands-on work from both parties. The end result is a settlement custom-tailored to suit the needs of the family.

Are There Downsides To These Alternative Avenues?

The only pitfall to using this process comes when no agreement can be reached. If the parties fail to agree using this technique, the team is disassembled, and the parties must start the divorce process all over again, using different lawyers and the litigation model.

Both of these options are more affordable and speedier than divorce litigation, which is why many couples choose to take advantage of them.

Do You Have Additional Questions? Call Our Chicago Office.

When your family is going through changes, you deserve a detail-oriented lawyer who understands the sensitivity of your case to help you work through the legal process effectively. Schedule your free initial consultation today by calling us at 312-767-4788. You can also reach us via email by visiting our Contact page.