Kane County Attorney Offering Mediation Services
Client-Centered Approach to Family Law Cases in Geneva, St. Charles, Elburn, and Batavia
Divorce can be a complicated and contentious process, particularly when it involves issues of child custody. In some family law situations, Illinois requires that the parties attend mediation. Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution in which two parties attempt to reach an agreement that is mutually acceptable. It is a non-binding process, and it involves a mediator—a neutral third party to the matter at hand—who assists the parties in coming to an agreement.
At OSH Law, we know that numerous family law issues can benefit from mediation. Generally speaking, mediation can provide families with the possibility of resolving their disputes with less expense and less animosity than a traditional divorce proceeding. Otto S. Hurtado is an experienced family law attorney and mediator who is dedicated to ensuring that the rights and needs of his clients are heard. If you have questions about mediation and how it can help your family law matter, Otto S. Hurtado can help.
Learning More About Mediation in Illinois
Depending on your particular situation, an Illinois court in Kendall County or DuPage County may require mediation. In what types of matters is alternative dispute resolution required? When you are involved in an acrimonious family law issue, the Illinois Supreme Court Rules may necessitate that you attend mediation. Some of the following cases require mediation when parties cannot agree to terms:
- Child custody;
- Child visitation; and
- Other non-child support matters.
In general, Illinois sees that it is in the best interests of a family to attend mediation when parents are in conflict over child custody and related questions. Mediation can also be beneficial to spouses who are going through a divorce in a variety of ways. For instance, mediation can help parties come to an agreement about the division of marital assets and property. Some other benefits of mediation can include:
- Reduced cost: mediation typically will not cost spouses as much as a divorce that requires going to court.
- Shorter time frame: in most cases, parties can come to an agreement on terms in a shorter time than a court would make a decision.
- Private and confidential: the details of your mediation will not become public record, which is a benefit to many divorcing spouses who do not want to make the details of the relationship known to the public.
- Personalization: when you go through mediation, the solution to which you and the other party agree will be tailored to meet your needs.
Personalized, Client-Centered Approach to Family Law
Even when you plan for an uncontested divorce, family law issues quickly can become complex and controversial. It is important to have an experienced and responsible advocate on your side. Do not hesitate to speak with a dedicated divorce attorney to learn more about how we can assist you. Contact OSH Law today at 331-248-8190. We serve clients in Kendall County, DuPage County, Kane County, and DeKalb County.