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Collaborative Divorce in Illinois

Attorney Patrick Sylvester

Collaborative Divorce is a truly different way of achieving an Illinois divorce.

This form of divorce was started by a Minnesota attorney in 1990. Since then, collaborative divorce has become a nationwide alternative model for divorcing spouses.

Collaborative divorce is designed to help a divorcing couple:

(i) reach the maximum amount of consensus;

(ii) resolve differences without divorce court battles;

(iii) improve their chances of working together as parents;

(iv) develop a plan for how disagreements after the divorce will be resolved; and

(v) end their marriage with a healthy sense of dignity, peace and hope for the future.

While collaborative divorce is an ideal, positive way for achieving divorce, it is not for every couple.

Collaborative divorce will not work in situations where domestic violence is occurring; one or both of the parties have serious mental illness or an alcohol/drug problem; one or both of the parties simply cannot stay committed to the collaborative divorce process; or one or both of the parties are not willing to be completely honest and open about finances. Finally, collaborative divorce only works for individuals who are willing to invest in, and work with: collaborative divorce lawyers, collaborative divorce coaches, a child development specialist, and a neutral financial consultant.

If collaborative divorce is not possible for any number of reasons, Mediation might be possible.

Mediation seeks to resolve the financial and parenting issues out of court, just like Illinois collaborative divorce.

However, mediation does not involve collaborative divorce coaches, a child specialist, and a neutral financial consultant. Mediation typically involves one divorce lawyer who advocates for the husband, one divorce lawyer who advocates for the wife, and a neutral divorce mediator who seeks to develop consensus between the parties without divorce court battles.

Just like Illinois collaborative divorce, divorce mediation seeks to avoid a long divorce court process during which a trial takes place and then the divorce court judge makes all the decisions regarding property division, spousal maintenance, child support, allocation of parental responsibilities, and allocation of parenting time. Those important issues are decided by the divorcing couple, who then sign a Marital Settlement Agreement that is presented to the divorce court for approval. If approved by the divorce court, the Marital Settlement Agreement becomes a legally binding document.

Whether you are interested in learning more about Illinois collaborative divorce, mediation, or litigation, we invite you to contact the North Shore of Chicago divorce and family law attorney of Sylvester Law Firm. Divorces are challenging no matter which model is used, and you should only work with a Chicago, Illinois divorce attorney who is skilled at representing divorcing individuals in all models of divorce, even tough divorce court battles.

You can reach the Chicago collaborative divorce lawyer of Sylvester Law Firm by calling him at (847) 251 - 2999. Your calls are always welcome.

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