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Options for Divorce in Cook County

Divorce is never easy, even if both spouses agree it is the best option. It is a complicated and emotionally-charged process and no one type of divorce works for every relationship. Generally, a divorcing couple has four options for divorce:

  1. Litigation;
  2. Mediation;
  3. Collaborative divorce; and the ill-advisable
  4. Do-It-Yourself divorce.

The type you choose depends on the relationship you have with your spouse. If you are on relatively friendly terms and are still able to work together, then the ideal options for your divorce would be collaborative divorce or mediation.

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What Is Collaborative Divorce?

As the name suggests, a collaborative divorce involves both spouses working together and with their own attorneys to come to a mutually beneficial divorce settlement agreement. At the beginning of a collaborative divorce, both spouses must agree, in writing, that they will not go to court nor threaten to go to court. They must cooperate with each other, share information, and, when needed, use only neutral professionals. When both spouses are committed to this process, divorce can move much more smoothly and with less emotional strife. Mediation may also be used along with collaborative divorce, if working with a neutral mediator is beneficial to the process. Mediation is similar to collaborative divorce, however, attorneys play a more passive role in mediation, which focuses on negotiations between the two spouses and a neutral mediator.

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Committed to an Agreeable Divorce Settlement

At Nottage and Ward, LLP, it is our job to make sure that our client obtains a settlement agreement that protects their future, both for themselves and their children. We believe that working with your spouse to find a common ground when it comes to divorce matters can have a positive and significant impact on the future of your relationship as well as the course of your new life. To find out which divorce option is best for you, contact our Cook County divorce attorneys for a consultation today at (312) 332-2915.

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