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Compromise - Settling Our Differences in AgreementOur Settlement (Non-Court) Approach to Divorce

Divorce – that horrible experience that everyone hopes to avoid, but continues to plague more than half of us – leaves a trail of broken dreams, sadness, and financial upheaval. Divorces that end up in court fights are worse and often have a devastating effect on the family unit for decades. Our job is to settle your divorce before you have to go to court. We want to get you the settlement you want in the … [Read more…]

What is the Settlement or Non-Court Approach and Why Does it Work?

Are you ready for a quicker and more economical method for handling your divorce? The negotiation approach also has two other names – the settlement and the non-court approach. It is the only alternative to having your case decided in a courtroom and it provides you with a realistic way to save time, frustration, energy, and money during your divorce. The divorce legal system has been around almost … [Read more…]

Comparing The Settlement Approach with Going to Court

Our traditional legal system represents the court approach to divorce, and the new cooperative method of settlement negotiations represent the court-less approach. Here are some comparisons of the two: Court: facts count more than feelings Court-less: your feelings count Court: legal yardsticks determine the outcome Court-less: what you want helps to determine the outcome Court: Court: the judge … [Read more…]

We practice law differently. We use a fresh approach – a pain saving approach.

Comparing The Three Settlement Non-Court Approaches With One Another

A Nutshell Comparison Mediation, collaborative law, and cooperative divorce law are non-court, divorce settlement negotiation models that share the same purpose and philosophy. They vary somewhat, but all three are designed to help people reach a sensible settlement before it becomes necessary for them to go to court. They are the beginning of the future of divorce – and it is a court-less future … [Read more…]

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Richard and Kari are staunch advocates of the non-court approach to divorce, and are also active and seasoned litigators with over 60 years of combined trial experience in the Illinois divorce courts of Cook, DuPage, and Will counties.


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