Understand family law mediation in Chicago

Family law mediation is a moderated process to resolve family disputes. A mediator assists disagreeing parties in resolving their differences by guiding them to appropriate advisors and resources, as well as facilitating their discussion. Family law mediation in Chicago can help the parties make sound decisions. It can help reconcile opposing views, lessen resentments, clear the air, promote better understanding, and improve communication. In addition, it can help avoid expensive, lengthy, painful litigation.

Family mediators are trained neutral participants who guide family members through relevant discussions to facilitate consideration of potential options and realistic solutions to various problems. This non-adversarial process is designed to resolve disputes related to marriage, divorce, prenuptial agreements, child custody, cohabitation, family businesses, and non-marital parenting, among other situations. The most common use of mediation is for couples who have children and are ending their marriage:

  • A mediator will help parents work out the details of the care of the children after a separation or divorce.
  • Mediation helps the parties reach a mutually acceptable agreement, rather than leaving the care of children for a judge to decide.
  • The mediator guides parents to solutions that are in the best interests of the children.
  • Mediation helps teach parents how to communicate with each other about their children, relieving stress during a difficult time. This helps them maintain some control over decisions pertaining to their child’s life.

The court can appoint mediators in child custody and visitation cases, and individuals can seek mediation as an alternative to legal action. In some instances, mediation can meet the needs of families better than traditional litigation. However, it is important to understand the role of mediation:

  • It is not a part of any enforcement agency.
  • A family law mediator is not legal counsel or a judge.
  • A mediator will not determine the division of property.
  • A mediator will not determine who will be the primary caretaker of the child.
  • A mediator will not determine who is responsible for the marriage breaking down.
  • Mediation is not an attempt at reconciliation, marriage counseling, or therapy.

The attorneys at David M. Siegel and Associates will help you pursue the approach that is most appropriate for your situation. Call (847) 520-8100 to schedule a consultation.