Reaching Effective Resolutions Through Divorce Mediation
Chicago divorce mediation attorney Van A. Schwab is a certified divorce mediator who is prepared to handle complex property division and problem areas in child custody and visitation disputes. Attorney Schwab’s role in mediation is as a third-party referee who works with both sides to reach a consensus result.
What Is Mediation?
Mediation is a dispute resolution process in which both parties (and their attorneys) bring their disputes to a third-party mediator whose job is to act as an intermediary between the parties, identify potential consensus-building opportunities, and help the parties minimize contention and animosity. A mediator does not give legal advice to the parties or make binding decisions.
The parties split the cost of the mediation. When successful, mediation can be less expensive and less acrimonious than actual litigation. However, when the power situation in a divorce is imbalanced (for any reason: wage earner versus caregiver, absentee father versus full-time mother, for example) between the two parents, the mediation process can be just as expensive, challenging, and labor-intensive as a courtroom trial.