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Wheaton divorce attorneysMost people do not go into a marriage thinking it will end. However, according to the American Psychological Association (APA), approximately 40 to 50 percent of matrimonial unions do not last “until death do us part.” Once a couple decides to separate, the divorce process can be intimidating. Mediation and collaborative law are two forms of alternate dispute resolution for dealing with the divorce process. One option might be better depending on the circumstances of the divorce, but both can be beneficial and help achieve the best outcome for everyone involved. 

Benefits to Mediation 

Divorce mediation involves spouses meeting with a neutral third party called a mediator to help them resolve any issues within the divorce. The majority of mediations end in a settlement if all parties are agreeable to the terms. It is important to know the mediator does not make decisions for either spouse. The mediator serves as a facilitator to help the spouses work out the best solution on their own regarding property division, spousal support, or child-related issues.

Mediation can provide many benefits including: 

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If divorce is something you are considering, or you are in the middle of a divorce case, one of your primary questions may be, “How long does it take to get divorced?”

Going through divorce increases stress and emotions, so it makes sense that you want to finish the process as soon as possible. It does not have to take years, but a quick divorce depends upon multiple elements coming together at once. 

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Three Types of Divorce: Finding the Best Fit

Aurora divorce attorneyJust like people, divorces come in all shapes and sizes. There are multiples types of divorce that are recognized in Illinois, including mediated divorce, collaborative divorce, and litigated divorce. Each type of divorce has its own pros and cons, and each type can be right for the right couple. If you choose the right divorce for your situation, you can save yourself and your family an unwanted headache.

Mediated Divorce

In a mediated divorce, a third party is brought in to act as a mediator to help the couple come to a divorce agreement. The mediator is responsible for identifying issues that need to be resolved and helping both parties come to an agreement. Benefits of a mediated divorce are plentiful, and this type of divorce can:

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collaborative law, collaborative divorce, Wheaton collaborative law attorney, alternative dispute resolution,  divorce settlementThe beginning of a new year typically sees the implementation of a variety of new state laws in Illinois, and this year is no exception. Among the laws that went into effect on January 1, 2018 is the Collaborative Process Act, which formally recognizes collaborative law as a legal procedure for resolving family law disputes. Couples who wish to reach an amicable settlement in their divorce may want to consider this method of alternative dispute resolution.

What is Collaborative Divorce?

Divorcing spouses must settle a variety of legal issues before their divorce can be finalized, including determining how to divide marital property, allocating parenting time and parental responsibility, calculating the correct amount of child support obligations, and determining whether one spouse will pay maintenance to the other. Resolving these issues in court through litigation can be incredibly expensive, time consuming, and stressful. Collaborative divorce provides couples with the option to work together with their attorneys to resolve disputes on their own.

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