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Collaborative Law & Mediation


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Collaborative Law

Divorce can be one of the most difficult and emotional periods in life. Compounding that stress with needless and costly litigation only heightens emotion and can make divorce into an ugly process. Collaborative Practice, on the other hand, is structured to meet the emotional and financial needs of the family, without the time constraints and sometimes overwhelming procedures and paperwork of the litigation process.

Collaborative Divorce is based on the following three principles:

  • 1 An agreement not to go to court
  • 2 A transparent exchange of information between both spouses
  • 3 A solution based on the individual priorities of the family

The hallmark of the collaborative divorce is that the two attorneys representing the spouses agree to no longer work with the couple if they decide to proceed in court. From the beginning, the couple and attorneys are committed to settling the case, and all four have a financial incentive to do so.

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Mediation

Anne Prenner Schmidt is a certified Mediator and Attorney who draws on her legal and business expertise to work on personal relationships impacted by conflict. As a neutral facilitator, she helps parties develop options for resolution. These successful interactions serve her clients by helping them to preserve important relationships and accomplish their goals while saving time and financial resources compared to litigation.

Anne received over 40 hours of mediation training with the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago. CCR is an independent, not-for-profit 501(C)(3) organization with a mission to work with individuals, communities, courts, and other institutions to manage and resolve conflict. Domestic Relations Mediations help parties discuss initial parenting agreements, changes to parenting agreements for both divorced and never-married parents, as well as issues of child support and other divorce-related financial issues. The topics addressed in these mediations include communication, parenting time schedules, education decisions and expenses, child support, healthcare decisions and expenses, religious affiliation, and extracurricular activities. Mediation allows the parties to resolve many disputes before they go to court and, in some cases, before a court case is even filed.