What are the Alternative Methods of Divorce in Illinois?

In some cases, spouses will turn to alternative methods of divorce to avoid litigation. To learn the different types of alternative divorce methods that are available in Illinois, continue reading. If you require assistance determining which method may be best for you and your spouse, do not hesitate to reach out to our dedicated Illinois divorce attorney. Our legal team is prepared to walk you through the steps of the process ahead, no matter the circumstances of your divorce. Give our firm a call today to schedule your initial consultation to learn more about our services and how we can assist you.

What is mediation?

Mediation is a process that is often chosen by spouses because it allows them to come together to negotiate the terms of their divorce. Mediation involves an unbiased third party who will mediate disagreements that may arise. The third party is also involved to guide the spouses towards a solution that will maintain both parties’ best interests. Once the couple is able to come to a conclusion, the mediator will draft an agreement that will be signed by both spouses. This document will then be presented to the court to review. If the court agrees with the arrangements, they may be granted a Judgement of Divorce.

This process has no set timeline and can last as short or as long as the couple needs to come to a resolution when handling sensitive divorce matters.

What is a collaboration divorce?

Collaborative divorce includes a series of four-way meetings where spouses have the chance to communicate and settle marital issues with the assistance of their attorneys. Instead of a third party, the spouses’ attorneys will guide the process.

Collaborative divorces are supported by a Participation Agreement. The Participation Agreement is required to be signed by both spouses and their attorneys. This document will detail the obligations of each party. When the attorneys sign this agreement, it bars them from representing these clients if the process does not work and holds the attorneys responsible for ensuring the success of their clients.

What is arbitration?

Arbitration is similar to mediation because it requires the assistance of a third party. However, in this case, the third party acts as a judge. They will make all necessary final decisions regarding the spouses’ marital issues.

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