By: tompmiller | May 10, 2016

So you are lucky enough to have recognized, and have a spouse/ex-spouse or partner that has recognized, mediation as the best way to resolve your conflict. Whether your mediator is in Chicago or suburban Cook County, or DuPage or elsewhere in Illinois, you will want to come to mediation prepared.


If you are mediating financial issues in a pre-decree case (so prior to divorce being finalized), you should make a list of your income and property. The income should list all sources of income and approximately how much you earn annually. If you only have one, salaried position, this should be simple enough. Have back-up documentation, such as your last year's income tax return with forms W-2 and 1099, and a recent pay-stub with year-to-date incom...