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Tips for reaching a divorce accord in Illinois

On Behalf of | Mar 30, 2022 | Divorce |

Reaching a divorce accord in Illinois is not easy; it takes compromise from both parties and a lot of patience. You can consider these tips during your divorce to make it a little easier.

Don’t drag it out

You should not prolong the divorce simply because you are hoping to change your spouse’s mind. The longer the process takes, the more difficult it will be for both parties involved.

If you’re served with divorce papers, try to respond on time. If you fail to respond, the court may assume that you agree with everything your spouse has stated in the divorce petition and grant a default judgment.

Attend mediation

If you and your spouse have difficulty reaching a divorce accord, you might want to consider attending mediation. Mediation involves meeting with a neutral third party to discuss your differences. The mediator facilitates communication, helping you and your ex-spouse reach an agreement.

Mediation can be beneficial because it allows both parties to have their voices heard. It can also be less expensive and time-consuming than going to court. However, you should remember that mediation can only be legally binding if you have a written agreement that you both sign in the presence of your attorneys. Otherwise, either party can walk away from the agreement at any time.

Put the children first

If you have children, it is important to put their best interests first. This means that you should not use them as bargaining chips in the divorce negotiation process. Also, try to maintain a civil relationship with your ex-spouse for the sake of your children.

When you both focus on what’s fair for each of you and the best outcome for your children, you can make the divorce a little easier. Remember, you are negotiating, so be ready to compromise.