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.
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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