Contact our family & divorce mediators at C.E.L. & Associates, Inc., for more information regarding their Pre-Decree Divorce Agreements service in Chicago, Libertyville, Rolling Meadows, Northbrook, Kenosha, Crystal Lake, Naperville & Paddock Lake.

Divorce mediation for pre-decree divorce means that a couple spends time with a neutral divorce mediator to discuss the issues before or at the same time they are working with attorneys to resolve the issues. At Chicago’s C.E.L. & Associates, Inc., one or two divorce mediators meet with both spouses at the same time. We believe this fosters trust and confidence in the divorce mediator, the process and the other spouse. Since the divorce mediator is always neutral, this facilitates making agreements while everyone is participating in the same conversation.

Every divorce mediator has his or her own style. It is always the case that the divorce mediator is neutral and does not represent either of the parties, even if the mediator is an attorney.

Divorce mediation is always confidential.

So if Divorce Agreements are reached during the process, those will go to an attorney or two if each of the spouses hires one, after the divorce mediator drafts a Memorandum of Understanding which outlines the divorce agreements made during the process. However, if no agreements are reached, no information leaves the divorce mediation process. The divorce mediator cannot be called to testify and will not reveal what was discussed in the sessions. This helps the parties feel comfortable talking about things they may not want in court documents.

Divorce Mediation is empowering. The parties are not in court or a deposition. They are advocating for themselves in front of each other and the divorce mediator. This fosters improved communication and helps brainstorm ideas about issues that need to be resolved in the process. Hopefully the parties come to agreements with the divorce mediator’s help that will make them better parents for their children going forward.

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Brian James: (312) 524-5829  Ellen Feldman: (847) 507-3204  

Divorce Mediation is usually a voluntary process.

Even if the court orders divorce mediation, or the attorneys suggest divorce mediation to come up with a parenting plan, the parties are not required to make agreements.

They just need to try to do so. That itself encourages them to work together. It is always better to make agreements for yourselves than have a judge tell you what to do.

Check out Family and Divorce Mediation Services offered by C.E.L. & Associates, Inc.

To learn more about the divorce mediation services we provide, contact C.E.L. & Associates, Inc. - divorce mediators in Chicago, Libertyville, Rolling Meadows, Northbrook, Kenosha, Crystal Lake, Naperville & Paddock Lake.

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Divorce mediation services can be arranged during all phases of a divorce. Contact our Chicago Divorce Mediators at C.E.L. & Associates, Inc. for a consultation.

Contact Chicago’s Parenting Coordinator & Divorce Mediators at C.E.L. & Associates, Inc. for more details on divorce mediation services.

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    As a family law attorney, I recommended Brian James and Ellen Feldman to many clients to help them go through the divorce process. Brian and Ellen do an incredible job by guiding the couple through the process which in many cases is acrimonious. I recommend all couples who have made the difficult decision to divorce to reach out to Brian and Ellen and learn more about the mediation process.

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Though courthouses are slowly opening back up, and people are starting to attend court dates in person, successfully mediated cases will continue to be heard in court via Zoom in some counties. Imagine, one brief Zoom appearance and your divorce is finalized. Since March 2020, except for a handful of clients, we have conducted our mediation sessions exclusively via Zoom. Though we were skeptical at first, we have been pleasantly surprised with the following observations: our clients are more civil toward each other, they are completing mediation more efficiently, which lessens the overall cost and time it takes to get divorced, and their ability to co-parent their children remains intact, as they not "burning bridges" during the divorce. At C.E.L. & Associates, Inc., Zoom is here to stay.

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