For as long as I can remember, when it comes to custody issues in a divorce case, Cook County law has always required parties to mediate these issues. Now, Cook County is doing the same for financial issues. The Rule allows Courts to order litigants to mediation on financial issues.
Why the change? There is a logjam of divorce cases which delays divorce cases from resolution. Mediation not only saves clients time and money, but it improves efficiency in our Court system.