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Family Law, Divorce Mediation, Collaborative Divorce

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In divorce or separation, the legal procedures involved can generate financial and emotional stress over several months or years.  There is an alternative. Mediation is a more positive and much less costly approach, which consumes significantly less time. 

 

The neutral mediators, who represent neither party and have no stake in the outcome, lead the couple forward through skilled guidance and questioning, teaching the couple to more effectively communicate their needs and concerns in the process of crafting an agreement.

 

Mediation empowers the couple, according to co-mediators and attorneys Mary White Hirsen and Robert V. Walsh of Mediated Solutions L.L.C., in River Forest. In litigation, the judge makes the decision and in arbitration, the panel makes the decision. “In mediation, the couple, with the mediators’ assistance, determines their own future. For this reason, they are much more willing to stick to the agreement they have fashioned,” said Mr. Walsh.

 

“Our mediation practice provides the opportunity for divorcing or separating couples to opt for a more comfortable environment in which to work out their differences and plan for the next stage of their lives,” said Ms. Hirsen.

 

Compared to litigation, mediation has many positive aspects that streamline the legal process. Mediation is:

 

1.  Voluntary: Mediation is voluntary, and both parties must agree to participate.  Likewise, if one party wants to stop, the process ends.

 

2.  Confidential: Mediation is confidential.  Whether the parties are speaking jointly in the mediator’s presence or meeting alone with the mediator, the mediator can’t reveal what’s been said, unless given permission to do so.

 

3.  More Efficient, less Costly:  The average mediation takes about six sessions (not necessarily weekly) to complete, and each session is 1 1/2 - 2 hrs.  Litigation, on the other hand, takes an average of nine months if a settlement agreement is achieved and almost double that time for a litigated matter.

 

4. Informality:  Mediation is an informal process allowing the couple to function with more freedom, outside of an adversarial arena.

 

Mediation addresses all the areas that are required in the legal arena.  The co-mediators will assist the parties through a parenting plan, where applicable; a full and fair disclosure of all assets and debts of the parties; realistic budgets for their separate lives; and insurance and tax issues.

 

The outcome is decided on by the parties with the mediators as facilitators.  The mediators will document the couple’s agreement and draft a Memorandum detailing that agreement.

 

All couples are served by mediation.  Whether married or unmarried partners, with children or without, this process is the wave of the future.  It bypasses the lengthy adversarial discussions and replaces them with a method that allows each party to hear the other and to create options that are mutually satisfactory.

 

Mediated Solutions is offering a free initial office consultation for each couple. 

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