Category Archives: Mediation

Baby Veronica: Is it Possible to Mediate the Impossible?

With court battles that have now spanned several years and with a young child at the center of a debate between her biological father and her adoptive parents, last month an Oklahoma court ordered the parties into mediation to reach a resolution.  It seems an impossible resolution route to an already difficult and emotional battle. […]

Attorney Assisted Mediation: An Alternative to High Cost/High Conflict Divorce

As mediation continues to build momentum as a viable, and often less costly, form of dispute resolution, so has the role of your attorney in the mediation process.  Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution in which spouses meet with a qualified neutral professional, usually and preferably an experienced divorce attorney, to discuss their […]

How to Avoid Financial Distress in Divorce

In today’s economic environment, it is a very difficult decision to opt for a divorce and end a dysfunctional relationship.  Today there can be enough stress in people’s lives to make them hesitant to compound that problem by adding the stress of a divorce.  However, there is a proven and slowly growing alternative to the […]

Not All Divorces Have to End Up in Court

In my almost 28 years on the bench — most of which I spent presiding over family matters in the Circuit Court of Lake County in Waukegan —  I had a front-row seat for an amazing display of human nature. I met families in crisis, parents in stress, and children in trouble. They arrived in […]