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Mediation Attorney Lake Forest, IL
As it is traditionally portrayed in movies and on television, divorce is a contentious process. Spouses leave the details of their property division and child custody agreements up to a judge. The entire process takes place in a courtroom. However, divorce is generally far more dynamic than this traditional portrayal suggests. Yes, when spouses have truly fundamental differences and only judicial intervention will inch them closer to resolving their conflicts, this portrayal of the divorce process is relatively accurate. However, most modern divorces are at least somewhat collaborative in nature. If you are thinking about filing for divorce and you believe that you and your spouse can work through at least some of your differences outside of a courtroom, a collaborative process may be a good fit for you. An experienced Lake Forest, IL mediation attorney can guide you through your legal options once you outline your needs, priorities, and vision for your divorce.
A Viable Alternative to Contentious Divorce?
Unlike a purely contentious process, a collaborative divorce allows spouses to work through their differences and construct the terms of their settlement themselves (with the assistance of their attorneys). Two of the most popular collaborative divorce alternatives are mediation and attorney-led negotiation.
When it is the healthiest option for both spouses, collaborative divorce can be very empowering. After all, if you and your spouse can reach an agreement about your property division situation (and your child custody situation, if applicable) you will avoid having to place your future in the hands of a judge. When you can decide your own “fate” as opposed to handing it off to a third-party, you set the stage for the next phase of your life on your own terms. Of course, there are numerous reasons why you may need to bypass the collaborative divorce route. For example, if your marriage has been impacted by domestic violence or you and your spouse have fundamental differences that cannot be managed without judicial intervention, then collaborative divorce is likely not the path you should take. In either event, it is important to remember that you do not have to navigate the legal side of this life transition alone. An experienced Lake Forest, IL mediation attorney can provide necessary guidance and support throughout your divorce process, whether it is collaborative or contentious in nature.
Divorce Guidance Is Available
If you have questions about divorce generally and/or collaborative divorce specifically, please do not hesitate to connect with an experienced Lake Forest, IL mediation attorney today. Pursuing a collaborative divorce will likely make your legal bills less costly and will help to ensure that you spend less time in your lawyer’s office. However, pursuing a collaborative divorce does not mean that you will no longer need an experienced advocate by your side. The services of an experienced Lake Forest, Illinois mediation attorney are necessary in order to ensure that your ultimate divorce settlement is both fair and enforceable. The legal team at Hurst, Robin & Kay, LLC has extensive experience with both collaborative and contentious divorce cases and we would be glad to answer any questions you may have. Please consider scheduling a confidential, risk-free consultation today. We look forward to speaking with you.