Former Cook County Divorce Court Judge Michele Lowrance Joins JAMS

Former Cook County Divorce Court judge Hon. Michele Lowrance, joins JAMS as a mediator in the family law practice area.

Judge Lowrance should know a few things about mediation in divorce. She has spent years as a divorce court judge in Cook County.  She saw the negative and destructive effects of litigation so she wrote her book: The Good Karma Divorce: Avoid Litigation, Turn Negative Emotions into Positive Actions and Get on with the Rest of Your Life.  You can order the book from Amazon.

JAMS offers mediators and arbitrators to resolve cases without going to traditional litigation.  There are many benefits to going this route than through the courts:  it is less expensive, private [no court files available to someone's prying eyes ] and the parties can make agreements that the courts can't order.

Judge Lowrance joins another former divorce court judge at JAMS: Judge Karen G. Shields.

If you are interested in mediation, I suggest that you interview several mediators to get a feel for their style and personality.  It is important that you trust and feel comfortable with the mediator you choose.

I am asked all the time why I did not go this route, as if somehow I have chosen to go through all this litigation.  In fact, we did have a session with Judge Shields and it ended after only one and a half days.  Let's just say that some folks are not suited for mediation.  And guess who that was?


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    I filed for a divorce in 2003. I had no idea that ELEVEN years on, that I would still be in divorce-related litigation. There have been two trials, an appellate court decision affirming the original trial decision, numerous other hearings, depositions and more. A second appellate court decision is pending. I write mostly from the woman's point of view. Or rather, the spouse who stayed home and raised the children, the one who gave up a career. When first married, I worked as a law librarian and do have a law degree but never practiced. Having that law degree has given me insights into the often mysterious ways of the legal system, especially in Cook County. Recently I have reactivated my law license, became an Enrolled Agent [a license given by the IRS after taking a series of tests] and prepare tax returns. Please share your experiences or ask me questions. Email me at Follow me on Twitter for articles and and news about Illinois Appellate Court divorce related decisions.

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