For many couples, divorce is the most painful and damaging experience of their lives. For these people, moving on can be a real challenge. For couples who are willing and able to work together, however, divorce doesn’t have to be a battle. Collaborative divorce and mediation provide alternative approaches that help couples work through their disputes together and make mutual decisions. The collaborative process, can provide a couple with the tools to divorce with respect and dignity.

As a member of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, I’m committed to offering you solutions that are “supportive, considerate, sensible, constructive and mutual.”

Understanding The Collaborative Process

The purpose of a collaborative divorce is to give spouses the opportunity to resolve their disputes without litigation. When couples agree to use the collaborative process, a team is formed for each spouse and together, solutions are identified and agreed upon until all issues are resolved and a final divorce decree is signed and filed.

The collaborative approach allows the parties to keep matters private and work through their issues together. The process promotes effective communication and allows the parties to retain decision-making control. In addition, the collaborative process has been shown to improve the chances for long-term cooperation between the parties.

Effective Mediation Services

In mediation, I will serve as a neutral third party whose only goal is to help the spouses reach agreement on all outstanding issues. I do not represent either spouse so as to avoid any conflict of interest in the negotiations. I also represent parties as their attorneys as they go through the mediation process. During mediation, spouses can actively negotiate the terms of their settlement agreement. I facilitate this important effort by the spouses.

Guide You Through The Divorce Process

Contact my office today to discuss your family law questions. I offer a free 30-minute consultation. You can reach me by phone at 847-715-9328 or via email to schedule an appointment.

The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. I invite you to contact me and welcome your calls, letters and electronic mail. Contacting me does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information to me until an attorney-client relationship has been established.

Brandy Crawford

Anna provides a very personal experience for her clients. She is very caring in her approach and wants to ensure the best outcome for everyone. She is very knowledgeable, thorough, and detail oriented.

Anne Scallon

Anna takes a very personalized approach to helping with a smooth transition for you and every member of your family. Even if your situation is difficult now, Anna will help you with the best results for your future!

Ellene Lammers, LCSW

I have worked with Anna on numerous cases and have always found her to be extremely knowledgable and very caring. She is able to advocate for her clients and at the same time works effectively with all of her other colleagues. I would highly recommend Anna for anyone in need of an attorney in the divorce process.

Dr. John Mundt

Divorce can’t ever be stress-free, even when it’s “amicable” as mine was, but Anna shepherded me through this process in a way that truly minimized the anxiety and uncertainty for me. She combines extensive expertise ( including about the collaborative divorce process in my case) with a steady, always-engaged presence that always had me feeling that I was in good hands. She was easily reached, and she was frank, patient and pragmatic with my numerous questions and concerns. Her office staff are pleasant and efficient. Under the circumstances, this experience was as quick and painless as it could have been; if divorce is necessary, you will make a good choice in retaining Anna!

Erica Crohn Minchella

Anna is the first attorney I think of when a client, friend, or contact needs help with a family law matter. Her down-to-earth, patient, and intelligent approach to the practice of family law, makes her approachable and a problem solver who prevents escalation of emotionally charged situations.

Rebecca Hoffman

Anna and I are collaborators and have been working together for some years now. Working with Anna is something I look forward to. She is thoughtful, insightful, creative in how she approaches challenges and she is always professional. Anna is warm and has a great sense of humor, too which makes our work flow easily. She’s a total pro and I’m honored to work with her!

Sophia Ruffolo

Anna is a collaborative and knowledgeable attorney who advocates for her clients and works hard bringing tools and resources to the IL legal community while also advancing the reputation of lawyers throughout the state of Illinois.

Erica Crohn Minchella

Anna’s honesty, integrity, and knowledge are the qualities that make her one of the best family law attorneys in Illinois. The fact that she handles litigation, mediation, and collaboratvie approaches to her cases speaks of her commitment to solutions as well as her skills.

Jackie Pilossoph

I have known Anna for 10 years and have watched her grow her practice. I find her to be driven, smart, and compassionate. She’s a great listener and very dedicated to helping her clients!

Rose Kaz

Pro and very helpful!! Can’t recommend Anna and Jonas enough!!

Rose Kaz