Collaborative Divorce

"Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser – in fees, expenses, and waste of time."
– Abraham Lincoln

Collaborative Divorce in Illinois

This method uses specially trained lawyers and often times other professionals such as child and financial specialists to help the parties reach an out-of-court agreement with privacy and respect. In the collaborative divorce both spouses commit to:
• A binding written pledge not to go to court
• A full and honest exchange of financial information
• A solutions-based approach that addresses the issues of both spouses and their children

The goal is to jointly settle the case and prevent an expensive and emotional court battle. There is also a focus on the children and for them to be a priority rather than a casualty. The collaborative approach provides face-to-face meetings with you, your spouse, your lawyers and any other professional that the group chooses to bring in to assist in reaching an agreement. You and your spouse are in control of the case instead of an unfamiliar judge. This method promotes open communication and uses a problem-solving approach to create agreements more likely to be adhered to by both spouses.

To speak with an attorney concentrating in collaborative divorce, please contact the Law Offices of Patrick Markey, P.C., based in Chicago, Illinois.

Divorce Mediation

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution. A mediator is an impartial third party who facilitates the resolution of disputes by assisting in communication and focusing on the parties' individual and common needs and interests.

Mediation allows both parties to negotiate and control the outcome of their divorce rather than have the outcome imposed on them by a court or judge. It can also save the cost of litigation and the time delays involved in the formal court process.

The mediator does not decide the case for the parties. The mediator's role is not to give advice or take sides, but to be neutral and facilitate communication between the parties. During mediation, each spouse learns to communicate his or her desires and feelings with the assistance of the mediator, which can ultimately lead to parties coming to an agreement on how to resolve their divorce case. While not recommended in every case, divorce mediation allows many couples to reach a compromise.

To learn more about mediation and whether it is the right approach to your divorce, contact us. Patrick Markey Law, P.C. • Phone: (312) 223-1763 • E-mail:

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