Finding Effective Solutions Using Collaboration

When faced with divorce, child custody, spousal support or other complex family matters in Illinois, it is a natural impulse for people to want to fight with their spouse. While fighting with a spouse in court may be necessary, there may be better alternatives available.

At The Law Office of Kevin W. Thomas, I have helped my clients resolve family law matters without resorting to litigation for more than 25 years. No matter how complex or contentious your situation is, I will work closely with you throughout the process to negotiate a successful outcome with your spouse.

Contact me today at 630-485-8012 to schedule a free consultation with me. From my office in St. Charles, I represent individuals throughout the Tri-City area.

What Is Collaborative Law?

The terms mediation and collaboration are often used interchangeably. While there are many similarities between the two methods, they are unique.

Mediation is a more informal process of negotiation between two spouses. A neutral mediator facilitates the process, but both spouses are essentially negotiating directly with each other. While you may have a lawyer with you during the mediation session, it is not required.

Collaboration, on the other hand, requires both spouses to have an attorney present during the meetings. Rather than negotiating directly with each other, collaboration essentially involves a four-way negotiation between both spouses and both attorneys. This can be a better outlet for divorces involving complex assets and other complicated legal issues in the marriage.

What Are The Advantages Of Using Collaboration?

Rather than resorting to litigation, using a collaborative approach to resolve divorce and other family disputes offers a number of powerful benefits for both spouses. These include:

  • Lower cost
  • Quicker resolution
  • Helps preserve an amicable relationship between you and your spouse
  • Spouses can come together to find a solution that works for all parties

Legal Advice Tailored For Your Needs

Depending on your circumstances, I am prepared to take the necessary steps to advocate for your interests. Whether it is collaboration, mediation or litigation, my focus is always to reach the best possible outcome for you.

Discuss your legal options today by scheduling a free consultation at 630-485-8012 or by completing my contact form.