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Family Mediation Explained

Family Mediation Explained

What Is Family Mediation?

Family mediation is one of several alternative dispute resolution options available to couples in Illinois seeking to resolve issues involving either a divorce or parenting issues.  Other alternatives to litigation include collaborative divorce, cooperative divorce, and arbitration.  

​In Illinois family, divorce, and child custody mediation, the parties cooperate to resolve conflicts and reach an agreement regarding issues of child custody, child support, spousal maintenance (alimony), and division of marital assets and liabilities with the assistance of a neutral third party mediator who is responsible for:

  • helping the parties define the issues;
  • facilitating communication between the parties; and
  • Assisting the parties in negotiating mutually agreeable solutions.
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