The goal of mediation is to reduce the economic and emotional costs of divorce by reaching an agreement that is fair to both parties.
Mediation is a process in which divorcing couples meet with a trained mediator to explore ways to resolve family disputes with a voluntary agreement. Mediators do not represent either party. They are neutral third parties who meet individually and jointly with parties in an effort to reach a negotiated settlement. The metropolitan Chicago family law attorneys who represent the parties may also be involved in the process if their involvement will assist in reaching an agreement.
Mediators work with the parties to fashion financial agreements that are tailored to their specific circumstances. They help parents with minor children develop parenting plans that focus on the best interests of their children. Parties to mediation are expected to participate in the process in good faith and to voluntarily provide each other the information needed to reach an equitable resolution.
Mediators at Schiller DuCanto & Fleck are family lawyers in the Chicago area who have been trained in dispute resolution skills. Schiller DuCanto & Fleck mediators have extensive experience in the field of family law and include several former family court judges. During the mediation process they help the parties identify issues and discuss ways to resolve them. Our trained and experienced mediators are also very effective in representing our clients as advocates who chose to mediate with an outside mediator to try to reach and find resolution of their case.
The goal of mediation is to reduce the economic and emotional costs of divorce by reaching an agreement that is fair to both parties that also serves the best interests of the minor children in a divorcing family.
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