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The basics of a collaborative divorce and mediation

Getting a divorce is never an easy decision. There are options when it comes to filing for a divorce, and working out the process of splitting property, child support and visitation and maintenance.

Collaborative divorce and mediation are two ways a couple can decide to go when it comes to ending a marriage. These options tend to work best when the split isn't as hostile, and the couple needs some help in deciding what all needs to be discussed.

 

In a collaborative divorce the two sides each hire their own attorney, and meet regularly with their representatives. The four meet regularly along with some other professionals such as child support specialists or accountants if they are necessary.

Once an agreement is made then the couple will need to go to family court to get legally divorced. However, collaborative divorces can cut down on legal fees and time spent in family court. It can stabilize an otherwise rocky situation by having a temporary agreement already in place before either side sees a courtroom.

In mediation, the two spouses, along with their attorneys, hire a neutral party, or mediator, to discuss any issues with the divorce. Mediation is also a way to save money from having to go to trial very often.

A mediator doesn't make any decisions for the couple, but simply helps them figure out what path is best for them. Mediation can help increase communication between a couple, and it gives more control to the spouses rather than the courts. Rather than having legal principles make decisions for the couple, mediation allows them to sit down and discuss what works best for them.

It's important to consider mediation as an option when it comes to divorce. Even with mediation a divorce attorney can still provide legal advice when needed. Always discuss your options with an attorney in your jurisdiction.  

For more information on divorces, please feel free to contact The Law Office of Bradley R. Tengler in Rockford, IL at 815-981-4859 for a free consultation. Please note, the above does not constitute legal advice. Please discuss your specific rights with an attorney in your own jurisdiction.

Source: Nolo Law for All, Divorce Mediation Basics and Will Collaborative Divorce Work for You?

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