Experienced Mediation Lawyer in Schaumburg

When you’re facing a divorce, your situation can feel overwhelming. Divorces seem particularly daunting when you and your spouse disagree on major decisions and aspects of the marriage dissolution process. 

If you’re worried about your divorce getting dragged out and the associated costs that will come with numerous court appearances, it’s helpful to remember that you do have other options. One excellent alternative to the traditional divorce process is to attend mediation in Schaumburg.

What is mediation?a man and woman sitting on couch during mediation in schaumburg

Mediation refers to a structured, effective process where you and your spouse hire a “mediator,” who is a neutral, unbiased third party, to help you resolve your differences as they pertain to your divorce. Mediators are typically seasoned attorneys who have decades of experience working with opposing parties in lawsuits and legal proceedings and know how to help both sides effectively reach fair settlements and agreements. 

The term “mediation” encompasses the entire mediation process—from the very first conversation you have with your mediator until the very end when you and your spouse reach terms of agreement you can both happily live with. 

Mediation is not an official legal proceeding, and what happens during your mediation will never be part of a court record. 

How is mediation different from a typical divorce? 

Unlike traditional divorce proceedings, mediation does not take place in a courtroom. You and your spouse will attend mediation in a neutral place, such as the mediator’s law office or a rented conference room. Often, you and your spouse will spend your mediation in different rooms or offices so your mediator can speak with you freely and you can say what is on your mind. 

You can choose to have your Schaumburg divorce attorney attend mediation with you or attend on your own—this is a matter of personal preference. 

Mediation also differs from an in-court divorce hearing because the mediator’s role is vastly different from a judge’s. Mediators are skilled communicators who act as a buffer and offer a fresh perspective during divorce negotiations. While they work extremely hard to bring two opposing sides together to find a healthy middle ground, their word is not law, and they cannot order parties to a divorce to do anything. Mediators don’t make final decisions and can only suggest or recommend courses of action. 

cards with question marks on them sitting on wooden tableHow long does mediation last?

During typical divorce proceedings, you and your spouse are each represented by a separate attorney who accompanies you to your various court hearings and works with you behind the scenes to help ensure you get what you want out of your divorce. 

Because most divorces are contested, meaning the parties cannot agree on crucial areas such as alimony and child support, you will often spend an average of six to twelve months meeting with your assigned judge and ironing out the details of your divorce. 

The goal of mediation is to shorten the time spent in court attending divorce hearings and to therefore save you significant money in the long run.

The length of your mediation will depend on the complexity of your divorce. Some couples only need to spend one full day working with a mediator, while others may meet several times over the course of a few weeks or months. Because mediation is such an emotional process, some spouses prefer to work in only half-day increments and come into each mediation refreshed and ready to try again. 

How can I find a divorce mediator in Schaumburg?

Here at the Law Offices of Robert M. Kaplan, we offer mediation services in the 60194 area. Mr. Kaplan began practicing law in Illinois in 1991 and has decades of experience helping clients in contentious situations reach peaceful resolutions. 

If you’re interested in working with a seasoned, impartial, and dedicated attorney during your mediation, please call us today at (847) 845-9477