Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) can be an efficient and cost-effective course of action for Illinois divorcing spouses who are willing to work together. While these proceedings can still be prone to conflict, they give each spouse the opportunity to have great ammounts of input into the decisions that need to be made and to have an active role in the outcome.

There are multiple forms of ADR available, each with its own potential benefits and drawbacks. Perhaps one of the most attractive benefits of ADR is its nonpublic nature. As closed and private proceedings, you can resolve your issues without them being documented in public court records. If you are considering a divorce or your spouse has already filed, you would do well to learn more about your ADR options and their advantages over litigation.

Providing Multiple Approaches To Resolving Your Family Law Disputes

At Feinberg Sharma, our family law attorneys have experience representing clients in a variety of ADR venues. We are committed to finding the best approach to resolving your family law disputes. Though we are recognized as highly effective litigators, our family law attorneys know that a less confrontational approach can be a better fit in some instances.


Our divorce attorneys are prepared to represent you in any of the following types of ADR proceedings:

  • Negotiated settlements: In every case, we attempt to negotiate a fair settlement that protects our client’s interests. We have successfully negotiated settlements to seemingly insurmountable disputes. We explore other ADR options if negotiations are not successful. We remain ready to litigate the matter in the absence of an acceptable outcome.
  • Divorce mediation: In a mediation, an independent third party facilitates a discussion designed to help the spouses reach agreement on their disputes. The mediator does not make any decisions and does not give legal advice to either spouse. In addition to representing clients going through mediation, attorney Joy M. Feinberg is available to serve as a mediator.
  • Collaborative law: Prior to a collaborative law proceeding, both spouses and their lawyers agree to work through all issues without resorting to litigation. If agreement cannot be reached and either spouse decides to go to court, both lawyers may have agreed to withdraw from the proceedings. We will discuss this with you prior to beginning the collaborative process.
  • Arbitration: An arbitrator makes a binding decision regarding a divorcing couple’s dispute, which is submitted to the Illinois court for approval. Both spouses must agree on the arbitrator who is selected to handle their disputes. Essential parenting issues are not arbitrated without court oversight and intervention.


Contact us to schedule an initial consultation with an attorney regarding your divorce options. You can reach FS’s family lawyers by phone at 312-376-8860, or email us at


Alternative Dispute Resolution Categories

Divorce Mediation
Collaborative Law