When a divorce is finalized, its terms are typically laid out in what is called the divorce decree. Each party will receive a copy of this legal document and will refer to it for guidance on a number of issues, such as how property is to be divided, how parenting time is allocated and how the holidays with the children will be shared. In many cases, the divorce decree’s terms become outdated or irrelevant a few years after the divorce has been finalized. At this point, the parties may have to go back to court to resolve the issue. However, post-decree divorce mediation in Chicago Illinois is a much cheaper, faster alternative to the court system. During post-decree divorce mediation in Chicago Illinois, the parties may discuss any issues that have arisen after their divorce and how they would like to resolve them.
Issues involving a couple’s children often come up after a divorce has been finalized. Perhaps the parents cannot agree as to how they should share certain expenses for the children, such as extracurricular activities. Or, perhaps a child switches from public school to private school, which would be an additional expense and a new school calendar that must be discussed. In each of these situations, the parents may work with a mediator to work out an agreement that approaches issues differently as the children are getting older and therefore works better than the previous one.
Similarly, post-decree divorce mediation may be used to address certain concerns parents may have about dating. If a divorce decree did not address post-divorce dating, for example, the parents may argue as to how long people must be dating before children are introduced and what behavior is appropriate in front of the children. Using post-decree divorce mediation, the parties may be able to create terms for dating, such as not allowing overnight guests when the children are around. The new agreement will become effective and enforceable by the courts.