Money and Divorce

What Are The Most Common Causes of Divorce?

Divorce, in whatever form it takes, is never easy for anyone. Even if divorce might be the best thing for you and your significant other, it can be a difficult thing to handle and leave you feeling lonely, hurt, and confused. When you’re going through a divorce, you may feel like no one else understands

Student Loan Debt Affecting American Marriages

Money is an issue that divorce counsel tackles often. Between negotiating pre-nups, dividing existing assets, and establishing alimony, money is a huge presence in divorce mediation proceedings. Studies in the recent past have shown that the risk of divorce drops by 13% for people who have attended college, but an alarming number of divorces have

Considerations for a Chicago Prenuptial Agreement

A Chicago prenuptial agreement establishes certain property rights in the event of death or divorce.   A prenuptial agreement is a way to avoid the default laws of the state.   When drafting a Chicago prenuptial agreement, take time to consider the following:  Whether to Use a Prenuptial Agreement  Some parties mistakenly believe that a prenuptial agreement

Three Techniques to Try to Resolve an Employment Dispute in Chicago IL – by Brian James

When an employment dispute in Chicago Illinois arises, the parties may believe that the only solution is to take the issues to court and let a judge or jury decide what will happen.  However, this pursuit often leaves both parties losing with the high costs involved in litigation and with the potential loss of a

Tricks to Success with Resolving Landlord/Tenant Disputes in Chicago IL – by Brian James

Landlord/tenant disputes in Chicago Illinois can be disruptive to a living environment.  During heated moments, a landlord might threaten eviction.  A tenant may refuse to pay rent that the landlord depends on.  Mediation can often help parties resolve landlord/tenant disputes in Chicago Illinois in a peaceful manner. Prior to mediation, it is important for both

Divorce Mediator in Chicago Demystifies Myths – by Brian James

Part of the job of a divorce mediator in Chicago is to dispel misconceptions about the process of mediation.  Some common myths that a divorce mediator in Chicago hears include: We Aren’t Capable of Mediating Some parties believe that they cannot successfully mediate because they have problems communicating with each other.  However, mediators have helped

Ways of Effectively Handling an Employment Dispute in Chicago IL – by Brian James

When employers and employees confront a legal issue, one or both of the parties may believe that a drawn-out court battle is the only way to resolve the employment dispute in Chicago Illinois.  However, this is not the case.  At an increasingly greater rate, employment disputes in Chicago Illinois are resolved through the non-adversarial process

Having a Child-Centered Agreement with the Help of a Family Mediator in Chicago

In a typical mediation session, the parties are often told to focus on their interests in order to work out a solution.  They may exchange a provision that they do not care about as leverage for a provision that they do care about.  A family mediator in Chicago can explain that parents have a more

Hiring a Divorce Mediator: A Cheaper (Less Expensive) Alternative to Chicago Divorce Court

Resolving a case through the Chicago family court system is not only stressful, but also financially burdensome for the parties involved.  In especially contested divorce cases, it is not unusual for attorneys’ fees and court costs to exceed $10,000.  The parties in a divorce case may save thousands of dollars by using a Chicago divorce