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Collaborative Law in Illinois a better road to travel

A documentary entitled, "Divorce Corp.," has been released in the Illinois area and should be causing a stir among those who watch it. Hopefully, it will prompt those involved in dissolving a marriage to consider Collaborative Law instead of going through the traditional family court system which is considerably flawed and all parties involved end up paying emotionally and financially. The professionals involved in Collaborative Law can include an attorney, a financial advisor, a mental health counselor and others.

These professionals all make a pledge to several things that make Collaborative Law so workable: They sign a written agreement not to go to court; they make a commitment to withdraw if either of the spouses involved decide to go to court; and finally, they commit to obtain and continue receiving training in conflict management and communication skills. The question that should come up in Collaborative Law is to find out what steps can be taken to have more families move from the traditional law court system to the collaborative side? A skilled attorney can assist in this response. Part of that response will be that Collaborative Law is so much kinder and gentle than the normal approach to divorce.

The film itself uses extreme examples of family law and, while it isn't exactly representative of what a typical case can involves, it does represent in a true way how traumatic and expensive it can be. A divorce taken through the regular family law court system can cost $50,000 or more, $25,000 per spouse involved and can stretch from 18 – 24 months.

A Collaborative Law professional can bring to closure something that could be very painful. Nine out of ten family law court divorces come to an end with an agreement that is often written quickly and poorly and is so easily misunderstood causing further expenditure of time, emotion and money on litigation in the future.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Lake in the Hills Resident: 'Divorce Corp.' Should Heighten Interest in Collaborative Law" Matt Baron, Feb. 06, 2014

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