Illinois couples planning to get a divorce might be wary of the emotional and financial stress that such a process can bring. Divorce not only affects the spouses themselves, but their loved ones as well. However, some of the negative effects of divorce may be reduced if couples can reach a negotiated agreement without going through litigation.
There are different ways to negotiate divorces. One way is through a cooperative divorce. In this type of negotiation, both individuals are usually represented by their own attorneys who work together to come to terms that both parties can agree to. Another way is through a collaborative divorce, in which the couple hires trained professionals to assist them in the divorce mediation process so they can keep matters out of the courts. A third method is mediation, where the couple meets with a neutral third party and collectively reach agreement.
Not all of these methods may be suitable for every couple. The alternative that may work best for a couple can be determined by a variety of factors. Some of those factors include whether the individuals can communicate, whether they respect one another, whether they want to reduce attorney costs, what their future plans are and how important their privacy is to them.
Someone contemplating a divorce may wish to consult with an attorney specializing in divorce and family law matters. Such an attorney may be able to determine whether a form of negotiated divorce may be appropriate for a particular situation. The attorney may also be able to help prepare agreements relating to such matters as property division and child custody that will help facilitate a resolution of the divorce process.
Source: Huffington Post, "Divorce Confidential: Should I Negotiate or Litigate My Divorce?", Caroline Choi, September 25, 2013