The divorce rate in Illinois is lower than it is throughout much of the country, but that does not mean that ending a marriage in Illinois is any cheaper. In Illinois, it can cost anywhere between $35,000 and $70,000 to get a divorce, but it does not always have to cost that much. These high costs are typically reserved for litigated divorces or those that go to court where a judge can make all the decisions on the terms of the divorce. Mediation is one way to lower the cost of divorce, and it also has many other benefits, as well.
The Cost of a Mediated Divorce
Like any other type of divorce, no one can say for certain just how much a mediated divorce is, as it completely depends on the facts of the case. It is known, however, that mediation can lower the cost of divorce by as much as $10,000. The number one factor that will drive up the cost, even in a mediated divorce, is the extent to which the two spouses can agree to the terms of the divorce. When the two spouses can agree fairly quickly on those terms, the divorce will cost less for both of them.
Amicable Mediation can Lead to Better Cooperation in the Future
Many people have heard stories of bitter divorces that lasted a long time and even after the divorce was finalized, the two former spouses still could not stop fighting. There may be conflict surrounding issues such as child custody or spousal maintenance, which leads to regular fights between the former couple....