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Collaborative law in Illinois may be your best idea

When you are getting a divorce in Illinois, there is a trend that is taking shape called collaborative law. It is an alternative divorce dispute resolution system. The work occurs outside of the court system and is a cooperative approach to problem solving.

It allows for the disputing parties to work through their differences so that a positive outcome can occur. You need to have an attorney present to work through this process.

It is a results-focused setting and in the realm of family law, spouses and parents can actually come to a conclusion that is best for everyone without bringing the issues to court.

Collaborative law was founded in the 1990's by an attorney who merely wanted to work out a divorce in a civil and straightforward way that brought a human element into a fairer process. In Illinois, you will need to find an attorney that offers this service.

While the process of collaborative law can be used in employment and business disputes, the main focus is on the divorce process.

You need to make a real commitment if you decide to go down this road. You have to sign a document, or a contract, that says you will work with your spouse, your attorney and your spouse's attorney to come to an understanding of what will take place. The good faith and fairness that you promise to adhere to will be taken very seriously by the court.

If this process fails, you will have to find another attorney because the law states that you cannot use the one who saw you through the process thus far.

Being committed to learning about collaborative law is a step in the right direction. Being able to see past your present situation will also make the process easier.

Source: FindLaw, "Collaborative Divorce Overview," accessed March. 30, 2015

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