By: tompmiller | May 18, 2016

All. That's  the short answer, but also a nearly complete answer. If you are considering a divorce in Illinois, or a premarital agreement or a postnuptial agreement, you can mediate. You can mediate all prenuptial agreement issues. If you are married and trying to save a marriage or protect assets, you can submit all postnuptial agreement issues to mediation.


What about in the event of a dissolution of marriage? You may have heard that only custody and visitation (now termed, parental responsibilities and parenting time) can be mediated. While courts in Cook, DuPage and surrounding counties will only appoint a mediator for these issues, you can choose to mediate financial issues as well. Child support, maintenance, property (asset and debt) ...

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...