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Family Law Mediation in a Chicago Divorce or Custody Dispute

Research shows that going through a divorce is one of the most unpleasant experiences that life has to offer. The pain of a breakup, compounded by fighting a drawn-out courtroom battle and managing the accompanying drain on finances, can leave you and your children stressed out and miserable. Fortunately, you may have an alternative to resolving your divorce or custody dispute in a courtroom.

Consider mediating your family law dispute

More and more couples are opting to do what they can to reduce the stress of a divorce or custody battle by choosing to mediate their family law issue. Family law mediation provides numerous advantages over going to trial for couples who wish to avoid spending months or years in court. At Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, our skilled mediation lawyer can guide you and your spouse through the mediation process, helping you to sidestep a public and unpleasant courtroom fight. Contact our Chicagoland offices today for a consultation on whether mediation might be a good solution for your family.

What are some of the advantages of mediation?

  1. Mediation is customizable to you and your family: Courtroom divorces and custody battles must adhere to certain procedures, and decisions must be based on statutes and prior case law. In contrast, private mediators can shape the mediation process to suit you and your family, both in format and outcome.
  2. Mediation is private: Court filings and trials are almost always entirely public, with a judge’s rulings becoming part of the public record that can often be located on an internet search. The results of your mediation, however, can remain entirely private if both parties agree.
  3. Mediation is faster: Courtroom divorce trials can last for years, all while racking up steep litigation costs and leaving you in limbo as you wait for a resolution. Mediation can last as briefly as a few days, depending on the issues that need to be resolved, and it can expedite your ability to move on with building a new life.
  4. Mediation is less expensive: Resolving a divorce before a judge can cost thousands of dollars before it’s all over, particularly in complex divorces involving complicated assets or high-conflict between spouses.

Mediation is not appropriate for every couple or for every situation. Whether your matter can benefit most from a negotiated agreement, a mediated settlement, or a litigated judgment, the attorneys at Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove and Lee have the appropriate set of skills to advise you and represent you to a satisfactory conclusion.

Contact Our Chicagoland Family Law Attorneys Today

For a consultation on whether family law mediation might be the right solution for your Illinois divorce or custody dispute, contact the Chicago area offices of the mediation lawyer at Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, in Hoffman Estates at 847-310-0025, and in Des Plaines at 847-298-5030.

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