What Benefits Does Mediation Offer?
A divorce can be messy and painful – especially if business assets are involved. Illinois is an equitable distribution state, which means if a couple gets a divorce, their debts and assets have to be distributed evenly among them. Naturally, disputes are common during such proceedings, but these can be eased amicably if you hire a mediator.
What Is Mediation?
As is apparent from the name, mediation is a form of dispute resolution in which a third party, also known as a ‘mediator’ helps two embattled parties come to amicable resolutions outside the courts. The mediator is trained not to take anyone’s side or make decisions on their behalf. They work with both parties either together, or one-by-one, to come to a settlement they can both be satisfied with.
Even though mediations are not legally binding, the decisions resulting from them can be enforced contractually. If a settlement cannot be arranged through one, the divorcing couple can seek dispute resolution through the court.
Has A Short Time Frame
Mediations can be completed within a short timeframe and can be conducted any time during dispute resolution. Some cases can be concluded in a day, – it all depends on the assets that are to be distributed. This significantly shortens the duration of the process.
It is Non-Combative
Since mediation is driven by interests, it is based on a collaboration effort, not dispute-driven. The process allows both parties to communicate with one another amicably and determine which assets or issues are important to both spouses separately, rather than their rights. In other words, through mediation, parties are encouraged to discover ways in which they can address their existing and future needs, rather than past hurts and how they can one up the other.
It Can End on An Amicable Note
One of the main benefits of mediation is that it allows both parties to solve issues in an amicable manner. Since the results of the process are unenforceable, they are not pressured into making decisions. However, since mediation allows them to examine their assets closely and determine their usefulness in the long run, the process is successful often.
If a mediation did not work and you think you will lose out on precious assets to your spouse, you need a divorce attorney who can represent you aggressively in court in Schaumburg, IL. This is where the attorneys at the Law Office of Fedor Kozlov can prove invaluable. Get in touch with us for a consultation today.