The Role of Attorneys in the Divorce Process

Uncontested Divorce Mediation

One of the reasons many people choose Split Simple is a desire to avoid dealing with a traditional courtroom divorce. Our attorney-mediators all have training as lawyers, and we respect the work attorneys do, but we’ve found that our uncontested divorce process represents a superior option for our clients.

Experienced family lawyers and divorce lawyers are expensive, and going through a courtroom divorce can be time-consuming. Generally speaking, our clients wish to avoid these concerns.

However, some clients opt to undergo divorce mediation with Split Simple while retaining a lawyer to represent them. We can work with this arrangement and have experience doing so.

If you’re considering a divorce and you want to learn more about our proven process, please call Split Simple today at (855) 665-9920 for Chicago divorce mediation.

How We Accommodate Attorneys

A typical Split Simple mediation session is relatively simple. Our attorney-mediator sits in a room with both spouses and we work through the contentious issues. Each session is about two hours long, and most divorces require one or two sessions, though that obviously depends on the specific circumstances involved.

Things are obviously a little different when attorneys are involved. Generally speaking, clients who retain attorneys do not sit in the room and talk with each other during the mediation session. Most lawyers discourage such a back-and-forth, in fact.

Instead, our attorney-mediator shares the room with you and your lawyer, discussing the issues without the presence of your spouse.  The attorney-mediator then moves to the other room, meeting separately with your spouse and the respective attorney.

This, as you can imagine, adds another layer of complexity to an already complex situation, and it tends to take a bit longer.

We understand the appeal of having someone on “your side” during a divorce, and we will accommodate you and your spouse if you decide to retain attorneys. However, Split Simple’s process saves you money in the long run, and you may consider using your attorney for consultation outside of the mediation session.

We want to find a fair and equitable arrangement, and we want to do it in a timely fashion that recognizes the importance of your time.

If you believe divorce mediation might be appropriate for you and your spouse, please call us today at (855) 665-9920 or contact us online for Chicago divorce mediation.