Collaborative Law and Mediation Attorneys in Kane County
Lawyers Experienced in Collaborative Law and Mediation Serving Elburn and Batavia
Divorce and other matters of family law are often extremely stressful, as they force individuals to deal with very sensitive and emotional concerns. In many cases, however, the involved parties are able to commit to cooperatively resolving their issues through one of several types of alternative dispute resolution. Two of the most common dispute resolution methods are mediation and collaborative law.
The Kane County attorneys at The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. are intimately familiar with both processes and are equipped to help clients resolve their disputes quickly and without unnecessary hardship. Through mediation or the collaborative law process, our attorneys are committed to protecting your rights and serving your best interests.
Mediation Lawyers Serving Clients in Northern Illinois
The process of mediation may be used in many types of legal matters. In mediation, the interested parties, usually with guidance from attorneys, meet with a qualified third-party mediator to pursue a workable resolution to their case. The mediator is trained to facilitate the negotiations and help create a customized agreement to serve the best interests of all involved. When an agreement is reached, it is submitted to the court to ensure its terms are in compliance with applicable laws and guidelines.
Legal Professionals in Geneva with Collaborative Law Experience
In many ways, collaborative law is fairly similar to mediation, with the primary exception of a third-party mediator. Instead, collaborative law, as its name implies, represents a team approach to dispute resolution. The process, of course, includes both parties and their respective attorney, as well as a number of other professionals, as dictated by the issues at hand. Collaborative law may involve divorce coaches, financial planners, investment professionals, mental health providers, child specialists, and any other party whose input may impact the negotiations. As in mediation, once an agreement has been reached, it must be approved by the court.
Kane County Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorneys
Mediation and collaborative law can help resolve most family-related concerns, including:
- Allocation of marital property;
- Spousal maintenance/alimony;
- Child custody and visitation; and
- Child support.
When a cooperative approach to family law is possible, our attorneys encourage clients to take advantage of the available benefits. Both methods may be able to offer:
- Time and cost savings: Faster resolution and quicker approval mean less time spent waiting for the courts, and less money spent on legal fees and associated costs;
- Increased privacy: Courtroom proceedings become public record. Mediation and collaborative law help the parties keep their affairs private.
- Control of the process: The involved parties dictate the course and pace of the negotiations. They also can address the issues most important to them in a creative manner often not available in court; and
- Future amicability: Especially helpful for parents, a smoother resolution process can help lay the groundwork for future cooperation. When children are involved, such an approach is healthier for them, as well.
In the event that either method fails to produce a resolution, litigation may be inevitable. Our attorneys have the skill and experience necessary to protect your best interests in the courtroom, as well, and are prepared to advocate for you no matter what the setting.
If you are considering mediation or collaborative law for your divorce or family law matter, contact our attorneys at 630-462-9500630-462-9500. Call today and schedule a consultation with one of knowledgeable attorneys. We will review your case, explain your options, and help answer any questions you may have. From our Wheaton, Illinois, office, we serve clients throughout Kane and DuPage Counties and the surrounding areas.