Our Settlement (Non-Court) Approach to Divorce
HAVE CONFIDENCE IN EXPERIENCE
“…it is the duty of all lawyers to seek resolution of all disputes at the least cost in time, expense and trauma to the parties and to the courts.”
Preamble, Illinois Supreme Court Rules – Code of Professional Responsibility for Attorneys.
The Law Firm of Kulerski & Cornelison is centered upon the settlement approach to divorce. Going through a divorce or legal separation is very difficult, but certain steps can be taken to make the process less painful and costly.
We believe that matrimonial law issues such a division of marital assets, alimony, child support, child custody and visitation can and should be addressed privately and in a dignified and non-confrontational fashion whenever possible
APPLY YOUR ENERGY TOWARD SETTLEMENT INSTEAD OF GOING TO COURT.
It seems that we are living in an “argument” culture. Litigation is at an all time high. Many clients arrive in their lawyers’ offices with gladiator expectations, and are often greeted with the same attitude. It doesn’t have to be this way. If the spouses are willing, divorce attorneys can now use new settlement techniques to help change the dynamic and start the case by deliberately creating an atmosphere for settlement instead of war.
“The Court will now come to order” should be the last words you ever want to hear. Most people that have watched a divorce trial quickly agree that litigation is not what they want. You don’t hear any positive things about divorce litigation from people who have lived through it. You don’t hear any negative things from people who have used divorce mediation or the collaborative divorce law model, which are fully discussed in this website
WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU HEARD SOMEONE SAY A GOOD THING ABOUT THE DIVORCE SYSTEM?
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 shortest time possible; and we want to keep the process simple, painless, and inexpensive. Divorce lawyers and judges unanimously agree that over 90% of all divorce cases settle before they reach trial. Many settle on the courthouse steps just moments before the case is called, and many settle at other advanced stages. Too often this happens after the parties have spent more energy and money than they ever imagined they would. The goal should be to reach a resolution early on – before the frustration and cost get out of hand.
We think it is shameful that society has not put more emphasis on settling divorce disputes earlier rather than later. For most of us, this is hardly an unrealistic proposition.
THE TRICK IS IN KNOWING HOW TO GET YOUR SOON-TO-BE EX TO COMPROMISE.
And this is where we come in. There is no rule that says you and your soon-to-be ex have to wait until the end of the case to begin compromising with one another.
90% of the time, your spouse will accept a compromise settlement at the end of the case, so why don’t we focus our energies on persuading them to do it early-on?
WHY DO WE CONTINUE TO SPEND OUR ENERGY AND MONEY PREPARING FOR A TRIAL THAT, NINE OUT OF TEN TIMES, IS NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN?
The answer is simple. Until recently, we did not have the benefits of Cooperative Divorce Law, Divorce Mediation, or Collaborative Divorce Law available to us. We do now and they are just what the doctor ordered.
All three are non-court, settlement approaches to divorce. They are effective, speedy, and considerably less expensive than our traditional, adversarial divorce legal system. They are not for everyone, but they do work wonderfully for most people.
This website explains them in detail and we urge you to consider using one of the three at the very start of your ordeal. There is little downside and quite a bit of upside.
We wish you and your family every success and good fortune.
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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.