Author: Amy Sholar | Sholar Stephan Law
Mediation is a process where the parties can attempt to amicably settle the pending issues in their divorce, or even child related issues that occur after the divorce is finalized. Mediation may be voluntary or court ordered. In Illinois, if mediation is court ordered, the parties are required to spend 4 hours in mediation to attempt to resolve issues related to their children.
Generally, the mediator is a licensed attorney who has training in mediation. The attorney is neutral and does not represent either party. The job of the mediator is to help the parties reach a settlement in an amicable fashion which is better for the parties and the children.
When looking for a mediator, it is important to make sure that the attorney has experience in family law and mediation in the jurisdiction where you and your spouse live. This ensures that the mediator has a strong grasp of the local rules and customs.
When mediating, make sure that you have all of the information the mediator requests which may be information about your children or financial documents.
Even if mediation does not settle all issues, it is a worthwhile step that will likely help settle some issues. At Sholar Stephan Law, we have mediated some challenging cases where the parties never thought they would settle and ultimately, they did settle all or some matters.
Successfully mediating cases will lead to more effective co-parenting and healthier relationships for everyone involved. If you are looking for a mediator or divorce attorney in the Alton, Edwardsville and surrounding areas, contact Sholar Stephan Law today.