Collaborative News

Among those contemplating a collaborative divorce, one of the most commonly asked questions is how each party can be certain that the other has, as the agreement requires, in fact accurately and completely divulged all of their financial information?

Maybe you’re concerned that your soon-to-be ex, who asked for the divorce, has been squirrelling funds away for months or years. Or maybe he or she is a skilled dealmaker who you know is...

Both mediation and collaborative divorce help couples sort through a variety of issues, including child custody, the division of property and debt, retirement benefits, child support and other matters in a way that’s designed to keep both parties focused on solutions. Both processes aim to minimize expenses, streamline red tape and avoid conflict. People often wonder if collaborative divorce just a form of divorce mediation—with a much larger...

We’ve all heard stories about divorces where one of the partners creates delay after expensive delay. Weeks can go by between court appearances where the decisions that will keep the process moving might or might not get made. And while a mediated divorce has the potential to be more efficient, someone who wants to delay the divorce or avoid paying support can stall in mediation as effectively as they can in a court of law.

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If you’re a parent contemplating divorce in Illinois or Chicago, you have a special motivation to consider a collaborative approach. Changes in family structure and living situation can be hard on children. A collaborative divorce can help set the tone for the co-parenting relationship that you and your former spouse will need to create.

Any divorce involving children means hard choices: Where they will live, with whom and who, if...

Chicago, Illinois – Anyone who lives with teenagers knows that as moody and disorganized as they can be, they are also capable of moments of astonishing maturity. Paradoxical though it sounds, this can put them at a particular risk of damage in a family experiencing a divorce.

A Child Specialist from Illinois is often a part of the Collaborative Divorce team to ensure that your children are given a clear and defined “...