Divorce Mediation in Illinois
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.
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