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Collaborative Law

Matthew A. Kirsh is a trained collaborative law attorney.  Collaborative law is a relatively new method for fairly setting family law cases that avoids the potentially destructive litigation process.  The collaborative process is unique in that it gives clients the security of a lawyer advocating on their behalf while retaining the negotiated resolution benefit of mediation.  When the collaborative method is chosen, each side retains a lawyer.  The lawyers represent the clients during out-of-court negotiations and try and reach a settlement.  The distinctive feature of collaborative law is that the lawyers pledge not to litigate and if the negotiations break down, the parties must hire new counsel to litigate.  The incentive to settle is obvious.  The collaborative process often uses financial experts and child specialists to help assist with the resolution of complex or difficult issues.

Family Law

We strive to make the legal process as painless as possible for our clients. We recognize that at the end of the case our clients need to move forward in their lives with their dignity and integrity intact. At Kirsh & Associates, we always act with that same dignity and integrity. We always adhere to the highest ethicasl standards. Just because we can ethically do something does not mean that we will do it. If you are looking for a “win at any cost” law firm, we are not the right firm for you. If you are looking for the highest quality representation with the appropriate doses of humanity and compassion, you have come to the right place.

Obtaining the best possible result for you is our main goal. The best possible result is usually obtained through negotiations and settlement. Ethical and fair dealing with the opposing party and opposing counsel will most often result in a fair settlement for both parties. When children are involved, it is extremely important for the parents to retain the ability to communicate about their children. A fair settlement reached after an honest negotiation gives parties the greatest chance to achieve this goal.

Sometimes negotiations fail and litigation is the only course of action. In those cases, our extensive litigation experience benefits and protects our clients. No matter what course your case takes, the attorneys at Kirsh & Associates have the knowledge and experience that you need.

Mediation

Traditional family law litigation is not always the best vehicle to resolve family law disputes. In certain situations, mediation is a quicker and more cost-effective way to settle a case. Whether your case is right for mediation depends on a number of different factors that you should discuss either with an attorney or a mediator before deciding on whether mediation is appropriate for your situation.

OUR MEDIATORS

Matthew A. Kirsh is a certfied divorce mediator.  Matt received his training through Northwestern University in 2010.  He is frequently designated as mediator by other attorneys in Joint Parenting Agreements. Prior to becoming a certified mediator Matt’s experience as both an attorney for divorce litigants and his extensive experience as a court-appointed child representative in contested custody cases provided him with extensive mediation and provblem solving experience.  If you believe your family law case is capable of a mediated settlement, Matt’s experience and knowledge of Illinois law will make him an excellent choice to serve as your mediator.

Becky Kirsh is a certified divorce mediator.  Becky received a Masters Certificate in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from Creighton University and completed her divorce mediation training through Northwestern University in 2013.  She is trained in Family Systems and is an experienced educator and facilitator.  In addition Becky’s eight years as an elementary school district Board Member and Board President and give her a unique perspective on the issues faced by divorcing  families.

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