Tag Archives: Alternative Dispute Resolution

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 […]

What is Collaborative Law?

When you hear the word “divorce,” you probably have an image of what the process will be like.  Perhaps you assume that each party will hire an attorney; take a polarized negotiation position; and repeatedly go to court to fight over issues of property division, custody, and spousal support.  Perhaps you fear that after years […]

Collaborative Divorce Lawyers: Healers of Human Conflict

How would you describe a divorce lawyer? “Legal counselor” comes readily to mind, since the lawyer advises clients on matters of law pertaining to divorce. But what about “healer of human conflict”?  It is a less-obvious description, certainly. Yet, in 1982, United States Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger pointed out, “The obligation of our profession […]

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 […]