I am now offering negotiated, non-litigated divorces

January 19, 2021

The new year is off to a unique start, but one thing remains the same: I’m here to help families navigate divorce in Illinois. While the pandemic has thrown a few curveballs, courts have adapted with virtual hearings and streamlined processes for uncontested cases.

One of the most common questions I get is, “How much will this cost?” While I offer transparent pricing for many uncontested divorces, not every case fits that mold.

Introducing Negotiated Two-Attorney Divorces: A Step Towards Collaborative Law

For 2021, I’m excited to offer a new service: two-attorney negotiated divorces. This approach aligns with my goal of providing amicable, out-of-court resolutions that are less adversarial and more cost-effective.

How Does It Work?

  • Both Parties Represented: Each spouse hires their own attorney, ensuring their individual interests are protected.
  • No Litigation: We agree upfront that we won’t be going to court, which means less conflict and lower costs.
  • Collaborative Approach: The attorneys work together to negotiate all aspects of your divorce, including parenting time allocation (formerly known as custody), asset division, and child support.
  • Zoom Meetings: We’ll schedule a virtual meetings to discuss any remaining issues and finalize the agreement.
  • No Court Appearances (probably): Once you and your spouse sign the agreement, it’s submitted to the court for approval, usually without the need for a hearing.

What’s the Cost?

This service starts at $3,000 for up to 10 hours of attorney work during normal business hours. Any additional time is billed at my standard hourly rate. There will also be a separate filing fee of around $500.

Why Choose a Negotiated Divorce?


  • Control: You and your spouse have more control over the outcome than you would in court.
  • Personalized Solutions: We can create a tailor-made agreement that fits your family’s unique needs.
  • Reduced Conflict: This approach minimizes hostility and promotes cooperation.
  • Cost-Effective: It’s often more affordable than traditional litigation.

Is a Negotiated Divorce Right for You?

If you and your spouse are committed to finding a peaceful resolution and avoiding court battles, this could be the perfect solution. Contact me at 618-726-2671 or through my website to see if you qualify and to discuss your options.

This blog post is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for hiring a qualified legal professional.