Wheaton Collaborative Law Lawyers
Professional Collaborative Law Attorneys Serving Kane and DuPage County
Many people do not realize law has a cooperative, less adversarial side to it that does not involve stressful litigation. The most common alternatives for conflict resolution are collaborative law and mediation, this collaborative process is typically less expensive and more stable in terms of a couple figuring out future plans, particularly if child custody/visitation, spousal support, or child support are involved.
The legal professionals at Beck & Houlihan, P.C. have extensive experience working in collaborative law. Reach out to our attorneys to discover how we can be of assistance in your case.
The Collaborative Process
Collaborative law and mediation are a means of working out your differences as a couple, outside of the courtroom, by working with your attorneys and other third-party professionals (such as psychologists, accountants, business appraisers, and others) if and when their assistance is needed. This typically allows couples to go through a dispute resolution process to negotiate the terms of a settlement that best serves their needs or those of their children without the adversarial nature of litigation.
Typically, couples start the information-sharing aspect of the collaborative process by completing disclosure statements similar to affidavits, a process that would otherwise be handled by discovery in bringing your dispute to court. The settlement that comes out of collaborative law can cover all the factors that a judge can decide in court during a divorce or child custody proceeding, including but not limited to:
In mediation, our attorney is a neutral third party. It is our belief that with our help clients are provided with an experienced professional who is able to work with families to afford them the opportunity to gain control over the issues that are in dispute. Our attorney's help clients understand their own and others’ needs, as well as how to communicate those needs and come up with relevant settlement terms.
A resolution by either the collaborative process or mediation can be handled in a matter of months and usually, at a fraction of the cost. Many people find that this provides for a much healthier, more permanent post-divorce environment moving forward. If the collaborative process or mediation does not work out for a particular couple, both parties still retain their right to go to court to handle the dispute.
Our Focus is Collaborative Law and Mediation
The collaborative process is most effective when the attorneys involved have the legal experience associated with whatever area they are discussing, as well as experience representing clients. Beck & Houlihan, P.C. is a preeminent law firm known for alternative dispute resolution and mediation. Firm founder Joseph M. Beck is one of the leading mediators in the state of Illinois. Contact us at 630-933-9220 to learn more about collaborative law and/or mediation services and how we can help you.
From our law office in Wheaton, IL the family law, bankruptcy and criminal law attorneys of Beck & Houlihan, P.C. represent businesses and individual clients throughout the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois including Wheaton, Naperville, Aurora, Oak Brook, Geneva, Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, Elgin, Lombard, Downers Grove, Burr Ridge, Lisle, Elmhurst, Oakbrook Terrace, St. Charles, Winfield, Woodridge, Warrenville and throughout DuPage, Kane, Cook and Will Counties.