What is Mediation and Should I Consider It?

Mediation is the process of attempting to resolve your dissolution of marriage issues outside of court through a qualified mediator. However, mediation is not undertaken by your divorce attorney, but through a qualified third party mediator.

At Murphy & Dunn, P.C., besides being divorce attorneys, attorneys G. Edward Murphy is also certified Family Law Mediators able to undertake joint or individual mediation cases. Obviously, if we take the case for mediation, that would mean that neither G. Edward Murphy nor any other attorney with Murphy & Dunn, P.C. could act as the attorney for either spouse.

Mediation would be completed by the spouses initially over a five hour time period, with both parties and the mediators working together to resolve all or a portion of the divorce case. The initial cost for mediation is $600.00 ($200.00 per hour for 3 hours of time). Each party would be responsible for paying ½ of the retainer at the first appointment.

Historically, mediation has proven successful in reducing the overall costs of the divorce process, eliminating or reducing the issues in dispute, and allowed the parties a quicker resolution of the issues involved. However, both parties must be motivated to want to resolve the case in order for it to be completely effective. Further, under new Supreme Court Rules, mediation is now required for all disputed custody and visitation cases. For further information, please contact us by e-mail or call attorney G. Edward Murphy at 866-681-5405.

Call Us Today to Start Mediation

Contact us today to schedule mediation. To set up an appointment, please call us at 866-681-5405, or fill out the contact form on this Web site. " We now have three office locations to serve you better. In Peoria at 1456 Fulton Street, Suite 425, Peoria, Illinois 61602. In Bloomington at 202 N. Prospect Road, Suite 205, Bloomington, Illinois 61704.