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Will County Local Rule 8.17 - Divorce and Custody Mediation

Many divorce parties are sent to Mediation by the judge when their case is filed because an issue of custody or visitation is in dispute. Below are some of the local county rules on mediation in family law cases. There is also a list of approved mediators that you may want to review. NOTE: local rules and the list of court approved mediators are subject to change at any time . Consult an attorney before relying on any of the information in this post. Will County Local Rule 8.17 Mediation Program – Family Division Cases   Mediation under these rules involves a court ordered confidential process whereby a qualified and neutral mediator, selected by the parties or appointed by the Court, assists the litigants in reaching mutually acceptable agreements. It is an informal and non-adversarial process. The role of the mediator includes, but is not limited to, assisting the parties in identifying issues, fostering joint problem- solving exploring settlement alternatives and reaching

New Methods to Collect Child Support Against the Self-Employed

There are certain people it is just hard to collect child support against. One such "class" of classless persons can be the self-employed. No doubt there are very conscientious and straight-forward self employed individuals that never play games with their incomes and pay proper support. However, in my practice I have found another group of self-employed that do play such games. Generally, I follow the rule of thumb that if someone is inclined to cheat the IRS, they are also inclined to cheat on paying support. These are the individuals that, on an tax return, show minimal personal and business income but for some reason, always have a new car and big home, take extravagant vacations and buy expensive gifts for their new significant other. While it is generally settled that what you show on your income taxes is not the end of in inquiry into what someone's income is for support purposes, it is still a difficult battle - one waged in courtrooms across the state. Recent