Alternative Methods For Divorce And Family Law Related Issues
Divorce can be a lengthy and expensive process. But thanks to alternative methods, it no longer has to be that way. Collaborative divorce law and mediation (alternative dispute resolution “ADR”) are two methods that allow you and your spouse to take control over the divorce process. You can work amicably with your spouse to come to agreements that work best for your family, both financially and with regard to your children.
Robbin Vanderwoude is an attorney who has practiced family law in the Lake County, Illinois area for over 25 years. Robbin is trained in both collaborative divorce law and mediation. For over 25 years, our office in Libertyville has helped families through the entirety of their divorce and other family law-related matters. We understand the burden you face. Both collaborative divorce law and mediation may be the answer for you.
What Is Collaborative Divorce Law?
Collaborative divorce law is an alternative method in which to obtain a divorce. In the collaborative process, both you and your spouse retain an attorney to work with you as a team to achieve your goals. As a part of this process, you and your spouse agree not to involve the court in the process until an agreement is reached and is time to finalize your divorce. Also, as part of the team, a financial expert may be hired to gather and assist with the financial matters, and a coach or a therapist may become involved to help the parties communicate during the process.
What Are The Benefits Of Using Collaborative Law?
Collaborative divorce law allows you and your spouse, with the assistance of your attorneys, to craft your own agreement. Since this process occurs with team meetings and does not involve the court, it is often less expensive than a litigated divorce. It also provides you the opportunity to have control over the terms of your divorce in a setting that allows you and your spouse to actively engage in the discussions regarding matters of great importance, such as the parenting plan and support for your children, and the best way to divide your property.
How Do I Know If Collaborative Law Is Right for Me?
If you and your spouse are seeking an alternative to traditional divorce, then the collaborative process is something that you should consider. Couples who achieve their goal and finalize their divorce through the collaborative process, find that they are able to work together in the future, especially where children are involved.
What Does The Mediation Process Look Like?
The only parties involved in mediation are you, your spouse and your mediator. The mediator will guide your discussions with your spouse in all areas of your divorce or family law matter. These issues may include a parenting plan for your children, support, asset division and debts with the goal of reaching a mutual agreement.
What Are The Benefits of Mediating Your Divorce?
Mediation is typically more cost-effective, and it will give you and your spouse control over the final arrangements – rather than a judge who may not know your unique family situation. Depending on your circumstances, mediation may also speed up your divorce process.
Why Should I Work With An Attorney Who Is Also A Trained Mediator?
An attorney like Robbin Vanderwoude, who is knowledgeable in Illinois family law, has the ability and experience to address all of the issues needed to resolve your divorce. The mediator assists you in reaching an agreement and you and/or your spouse will then need to retain an attorney in order to finalize your divorce in court.