An Illinois Collaborative Divorce is a proactive alternative dispute resolution that may include several Illinois Collaborative Team members.  Who are the Illinois Collaborative Team members?

The Illinois Collaborative Team:

*Illinois Collaborative Lawyer: A Illinois Collaborative Divorce Attorney, such as Erin Birt, is specially trained in proactive settlement negotiation skills that motivate and enable divorcing parties to resolve financial and parenting issues.  The Illinois Collaborative Lawyer utilizes their legal experience and legal knowledge of Illinois divorce law and Illinois divorce related statutes to advise the client about legal rights & responsibilities.  A competent Illinois divorce attorney must be able to advise the client on all matters of law that relate to the divorce, including but not limited to child support, child custody, maintenance, financial settlements, and property distribution.

*Illinois Divorce Coach: An Illinois Divorce Coach is a mental health professional that helps clients manage the pain and life transitions, while focusing on the future.  An Illinois Divorce Coach motivates clients to be at their best even during the most difficult time.  Such support enables clients to make the best decisions for their future.

*Illinois Financial Specialist: Often one person in a marriage handles the family finances or both parties are struggling to focus on finances during the difficult emotional  transition.  An Illinois Financial Specialist can provide neutral financial guidance to protect the financial interests of the family and/or both parties.  The Illinois Financial Specialist will review all assets, debts, liabilities, & income, and will assist the parties in analyzing viable financial options for the future.  The Illinois Financial Specialist will then collaborate with the Illinois Collaborative Lawyer to construct a comprehensive financial plan for the future.

*Illinois Child Specialist: An Illinois Child Specialist will focus on the children and the communication between the parents and the child/ren.  The Illinois Child Specialist will meet privately with the child/ren and assist the child/ren in expressing their concerns and emotions about the divorce.  The Illinois Child Specialist encourages the child to think creatively and positively toward the future.  The Illinois Child Specialist will then work with the Illinois Collaborative Attorney to develop an appropriate parenting plan for the family.

To learn more about Illinois Collaborative Divorce and the Team members, please visit our website.  Our webpage devoted to Illinois Collaborative Divorce also includes a free Collaborative Divorce Knowledge Kit.  To begin a Collaborative Divorce or to learn more, please contact the Law Firm of Erin Birt at (630) 891-2478 or contact us privately through our contact page.

Illinois Collaborative Divorce Lawyer, Erin Birt, serves clients in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Warrenville, Winfield, Carol Stream, Bloomingdale, Lombard, Elmhurst, Downers Grove, and Oak Brook as well as other cities located in DuPage County.  We have experience serving clients in Cook County, Will County, and Kane County.