Lengthy and costly litigation is no longer the only option. When the right circumstances exist, you should explore those way to complete a divorce. What sets our approach apart from most law firms is we will also work with you before litigation starts to discuss your case and explore your pre-litigation options.
Pre-litigation options include:
Settlement. Where the issues are not complex and the parties are cooperative, a settlement often can be directly negotiated between them with our office drafting the terms of a Martial Settlement Agreement (and Joint Parenting Agreement when requested). Use our checklist to help cover most of the issues in a settled case.
Mediation. The parties can hire a mediator to confidentially discuss their respective rights and obligations and suggest a resolution. Mediators are often former judges and other highly experienced family law attorneys. They are able to give each spouse fairly good idea of what to expect if the matter is litigated without taking sides. Click for a list of currently approved Will County Mediators (note: subject to change)
Collaborative Divorces. This is where both parties retain an attorney to negotiate an agreement before a divorce is filed. This works best for parties with very complex financial arrangements and business interests and a desire to keep divorce terms confidential. Often the attorneys jointly hire accountants, business evaluators and other experts to assist with sorting through and valuing assets.
In all of the above approaches, the firm's time is primarily dedicated to reaching an equitable settlement and then guiding the case quickly through the courts to completion - usually in 45-60 days. Keep in mind that one attorney cannot represent both parties. If the spouse without an attorney needs advice, he or she should consider Mediation, a Collaborative Divorce or seek another attorney's review of the drafted settlement documents.