Case Results


Finding Common Ground: Navigating Co-Parenting Challenges

November 2023

In the midst of a complex family dynamic, our firm had the privilege of assisting Sarah and David*, an unmarried couple with a young child, as they navigated the delicate process of separation and co-parenting. While both parents shared a deep love for their child, their relationship had become strained, leading to frequent conflicts and communication breakdowns.

Sarah, a detail-oriented mother, often found herself overwhelmed by the demands of parenthood, leading to tense interactions with David, whose laid-back approach clashed with Sarah's need for structure. Complicating matters was David's early work schedule, which created challenges in coordinating their child's care and routines.

Despite these obstacles, both Sarah and David were committed to providing the best possible upbringing for their child. With the support of their respective extended families, who played pivotal roles in providing care and support, they sought assistance from our firm to facilitate productive communication and develop a comprehensive co-parenting plan.

Enter Erin Birt, our skilled mediator, whose expertise proved invaluable in guiding Sarah and David through the mediation process. With Erin's assistance, they were able to address their differences constructively, focusing on the needs and well-being of their child.

Through a series of mediation sessions, Sarah and David worked collaboratively to establish a parenting plan that addressed key issues such as decision-making responsibilities and parenting time schedules. Erin facilitated open dialogue and encouraged compromise, ensuring that the final agreement reflected the best interests of their child while also considering the unique circumstances of each parent.

By fostering a supportive and structured environment, Erin enabled Sarah and David to overcome communication barriers and find common ground in their shared commitment to co-parenting. Through her guidance, they developed effective strategies for resolving conflicts and making decisions in the best interests of their child.

In the end, Sarah and David emerged from the mediation process with a renewed sense of clarity and cooperation. While challenges may still arise, they now have a solid foundation upon which to build a successful co-parenting relationship, one that prioritizes the needs of their child above all else.

Their journey serves as a testament to the effectiveness of mediation in resolving family disputes and promoting positive outcomes for all parties involved. As our firm continues to support families in navigating the complexities of separation and divorce, we remain committed to providing compassionate and professional guidance every step of the way.

*Names and identifying details have been changed for privacy.

Practice area(s): Mediation

Court: DuPage County

Erin Birt

Since 2003, Erin N. Birt, J.D., CADC has focused her practice on parenting time, divorce, mediation, and substance abuse issues. Ms. Birt's unique background in both family law and addictions counseling help her clients successfully navigate the complex issues of coparenting and divorce. Ms. Birt also devotes her time to presenting at continuing education seminars for attorneys, mediators, and counselors.

Family Centered Divorce ∙ Mediation ∙ Co-Parenting

Birt Family Law is the family centered law and mediation practice with a focus on Restorative Divorce; offering creative and supportive legal and mediation solutions with one goal: keeping the separating family out of court and working together towards a positive resolution.

We offer multiple options to achieve this goal including mediation, coaching, co-parenting strategies, and restorative divorce services. 

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