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Mediation: An Alternative Way to Divorce

Judith Trentman Wilson, Attorney at Law, P.C. June 18, 2021

Sometimes a couple reaches middle age only to find that the spark has gone out of their marriage. Even though they may own a home together and have children they may have grown apart over the years or have different goals or ideas for what they want their life to look like moving forward. They may even already agree on certain divorce topics such as child custody or property division. When a couple in Illinois wants to end things amicably and with as little emotional and financial stress as possible, they may decide to mediate their divorce.

What Is Divorce Mediation?

Divorce mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution in which a couple works with a third-party mediator to negotiate a divorce settlement. The mediator is not a decision maker and remains neutral throughout the process. Rather, the mediator facilitates discussions between the couple and the couple is then in charge of reaching a settlement. Once all divorce issues are settled the couple can have their settlement approved by the court and their divorce will be finalized.x

What Are Some Benefits to Divorce Mediation?

Divorce mediation has numerous benefits. For those who are budget-conscious divorce mediation can oftentimes cost less than traditional litigation especially if most of your issues are uncontested. Also, you can still be represented by an attorney even if you choose to mediate your divorce. In addition, anything said in mediation is confidential unlike litigation that becomes part of the public record.

If a couple has children an agreed-upon settlement achived through mediation with little conflict, this may help the children better weather the changes divorce brings and it sets forth the groundwork for the couple’s future cooperation as co-parents. Finally, many couples who choose divorce mediation find that they are more satisfied with the outcome of their divorce because they had a say in it. Some even find they find the divorce mediation process empowering.

Learn More About Divorce Mediation

For all these reasons many couples in Illinois seeking a divorce find mediation to be a good way to end their marriage. It can be a positive way to close the book on one chapter of your life as you open a new one. This post is for educational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. Those who want further information on divorce mediation in Illinois are encouraged to explore our firm’s website to learn more.