Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution in which a divorce and family law mediator acts as a third-party neutral professional who does not provide legal advice to the parties but instead facilitates communication and negotiation so that the parties may reach their own agreements directly. Parties in Illinois divorce cases involving children and parties in Illinois paternity cases are required to attend mediation regarding the allocation of parental responsibilities and the allocation of parenting time. Parties in Illinois divorce cases with or without children and parties in Illinois paternity cases also have the elective option to mediate their financial issues, and in some circumstances the court has the discretion to order these parties to attend financial mediation.
Jennifer L. Lavin, P.C. is committed to the mediation process, which is informed by my training as a divorce and family law mediator by the Northwestern University School of Professional Studies. Please contact me at (312) 919-8857 to schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss how mediation may be beneficial in the resolution of your divorce and family law matter.