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IL divorce lawyerAny family law issue can become hostile and non-productive. When a family law concern involving children becomes contentious, both the adults and the children involved in the dispute can suffer. In order to reduce contention and promote out-of-court resolutions to child custody issues, many Illinois courts require parents to attend mediation.

Why Are We Being Forced to Go to Mediation?

Child custody disputes are often some of the most difficult family law cases to resolve. Parents understandably have strong beliefs about their children and what is best for them. When parents cannot reach an agreement about the allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time, the court may have to intervene. However, Illinois courts try to avoid child custody trials whenever possible. These trials can place a great strain on children and their parents. The adversarial nature of a court trial also pits parents against each other, making it even harder for them to build a cooperative co-parenting relationship in the future.

That being said, there are some situations in which mediation is not a viable solution. For example, mediation is not required or even recommended in cases involving domestic violence or child abuse.


IL divorce lawyerMany people are surprised to learn that deciding how to end their marriage can be just as difficult as the decision to divorce. There are several different ways that you can end your marriage in Illinois. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. In this blog, we discuss the advantages of using collaborative law to resolve divorce issues. Collaborative divorce is a cooperative process in which spouses work together to negotiate, and hopefully, reach an agreement on divorce issues.

Collaborative Divorce Prioritizes Cooperation and Civility

There is no doubt about it, the more contentious your divorce, the greater the cost – both financially and personally. Most divorcing spouses want to maintain as much civility as possible when they get divorced both for their own sake and the sake of their children. In a collaborative divorce, spouses and other participants agree to negotiate in good faith, share information freely, and maintain a respectful attitude toward each other. This is not to say that collaborative divorces are void of any conflict. However, collaborative divorce cases typically involve less hostility than cases resolved through litigation.

The Information and Discussions Are Confidential

When discussing divorce issues like asset division, child custody, and spousal support, you will almost certainly divulge personal details. If you are like most people, you want to avoid confidential information about your income, assets, or lifestyle from being publicly available. Unlike hearings, depositions, and other aspects of the divorce litigation process, the negotiations and conversations that you have during collaborative meetings are confidential.


IL divorce lawyerThe average marriage ceremony takes less than an hour. However, undoing a marriage through divorce can take weeks, months, or even years. Spouses may need to address the division of property and debt, spousal support, child support, child custody, and more. If you are like many spouses beginning the divorce process, you may wonder how you will handle the months or years between filing the divorce petition and the divorce’s resolution. Temporary orders can address important divorce issues like child custody or spousal support while the divorce is ongoing.

Temporary Relief Orders During an Illinois Divorce

Often, divorcing spouses are unable to reach an agreement about how to handle parental responsibilities, parenting time, financial concerns, and other divorce issues without the court’s intervention. Temporary relief orders may address:

  • Spousal support – Separation and divorce can represent a massive financial blow – especially when a spouse is disabled or has not worked outside of the home for many years. The amount of spousal support a spouse can receive is based on the particular facts of the case, including each spouse's financial needs, the standard of living established during the marriage, the children’s needs, and the paying spouse’s ability to pay spousal maintenance.
  • Child custody – A temporary order can establish how the parents will share parental responsibilities and parenting time. Temporary orders for child-related issues can benefit both the parents and the child. A temporary order can create a predictable parenting time arrangement which can give a child the stability he or she needs during this tumultuous time.
  • Child support – Child-related costs including school expenses, extracurricular fees, childcare, housing, and everyday expenses like groceries can quickly add up. A temporary child support order can provide valuable financial assistance to a parent before the final child custody order is entered.
  • Property concerns – Temporary relief orders can also address property concerns such as who will reside in the marital home while the divorce is ongoing, who will keep which vehicles, or how medical expenses and health insurance will be handled.

Contact a Naperville Divorce Lawyer

Temporary relief orders can address child-related issues and financial concerns while your divorce is still ongoing. For help seeking a temporary order or for other divorce needs, contact the skilled DuPage County divorce attorneys at Pesce Law Group, P.C. Our team can help you explore all of your legal options and determine the next steps. Call our office today at 630-352-2240 for a free, confidential case review and consultation.

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