DuPage County Collaborative Divorce Law


Committed to Illinois Collaborative Divorce Practices

Our Wheaton based Collaborative Divorce Attorney, Erin Birt, is committed to utilizing collaborative divorce practices for divorcing couples after seeing proof of the positive outcomes experienced by her clients and their children.  Ms. Birt frequently works with clients that recognize the importance of resolving family disputes privately and without the threat of going to court. It is a mark of honor to avoid a fight when avoiding the fight creates positive rewards for the family and children.

Get our free estimate of your costs for an Illinois Collaborative Divorce here.

How Does an Illinois Collaborative Divorce Start?

The collaborative divorce law process starts when each party is represented by a collaborative divorce lawyer. Why do both parties need to have a collaborative divorce lawyer? The time efficient and time effective negotiation skills of a collaborative divorce attorney help the client and family navigate complex Illinois divorce issues in less time and for less cost than a typical litigated divorce. One reason why litigation is very expensive is litigation attorneys working on the same case often have very different practice philosophies, education, and training - and thus very different goals which often are paid for by the divorce client. 

The collaborative divorce law process may also include the use of a proactive team to provide the family with unbiased professional assistance. The proactive collaborative divorce team may include a child specialist, divorce coach, or a financial specialist. At Birt Law, we have a Divorce Financial Analyst on staff and therefore our clients  do not have to work with multiple offices.

The Collaborative Divorce

Why consider a Collaborative Divorce?

When considering a divorce,  the collaborative divorce process is appropriate for couples:

  • who want a civilized, respectful resolution of the issues;
  • who are willing to focus on solutions rather than on blame or revenge;
  • who need to maintain a productive working relationship with their (ex) spouses;
  • who will be co-parenting and want to protect the child/ren from the negative impact associated with litigation;
  • who want to create the terms of their divorce settlement rather than turning control over to a judge;
  • who value privacy.

To learn more about Illinois collaborative divorce law and its benefits, please download our free Collaborative Divorce Knowledge Kit below. The kit answers many of the common questions about Collaborative Divorce and how it has benefited real families.

Free Collaborative Divorce Knowledge Kit

In this kit you will receive:

  • The “Collaborative Divorce vs. Litigation Divorce” comparison
  • Case Studies that highlight the flexible, solution-oriented process of Collaborative Divorce
  • General Information about the collaborative practice model and the benefits

Download the Collaborative Divorce Knowledge Kit

Our Wheaton and Chicago based Collaborative Divorce Law firm provides a different and better divorce experience:

  1. Wheaton based Collaborative Divorce Attorney Erin Birt was the DuPage County Practice Group Leader for the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois and hosted monthly meetings at our Wheaton Office which means we have gathered significant local connections that expedite and improve the divorce process;
  2. Ms. Birt was a faculty presenter for the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals in Chicago and thus she is a resource and trainer for other Collaborative Practice professionals which means her dispute resolution negotiation skills are always up to date and best standards;
  3. Erin is also a member and past board member for the Mediation Council of Illinois since alternative dispute resolution is her passion and thus she has experience at all levels of the Collaborative Divorce process (team building, skilled negotiations, and leadership) which helps our clients reach their divorce goals;
  4. Birt Law is unique in that we have an in house Divorce Financial Analyst that automatically builds your Collaborative Divorce Team which keeps costs down without having to retain yet another third party;
  5. Unlike other Collaborative Divorce Attorneys, at Birt Law we automatically offer a flat fee for our client's Chicago and Wheaton based Collaborative Divorces so clients can predict and budget for divorce related costs. Contact us today to discuss flat fees for other regional areas. We honor that flat fee upon agreement of opposing counsel to also honor a flat fee. Otherwise, we offer hourly rates that match opposing counsel so there is equal legal access to services for both parties to the divorce or separation.
  6. We accept credit cards and payment plans so clients can budget divorce costs and manage existing living expenses.

Book Your Consultation with our Collaborative Attorney Today

Contact our office to schedule a free 15-minute introductory telephone call or submit your information via our Contact Form. 

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Recent Case Results

  • In a challenging divorce, Attorney Erin Birt resolved parenting conflicts for the best interests of a teen daughter. Mother Sarah was concerned about father John's disinterest, while John felt Sarah was controlling. Erin, serving as GAL (Guardian ad Litem), utilized mediation skills and investigation protocols to prioritize the teen's well-being, prevent litigation, and repair co-parenting harmony. Read On

  • Successfully resolved custody dispute for a child with a first responder father and full time working mother, prioritizing child's well-being and fostering co-parenting harmony. Read On

  • In the face of financial turmoil due to her husband's gambling addiction, a young mother sought to relocate with her children for family support. With strategic negotiation, a divorce attorney secured their move while preserving father-child bonds, all while keeping costs low and achieving client satisfaction. Read On

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. 

Are we the right fit for you?

Birt Family Law is committed to keeping the separating family out of court and working together towards a positive resolution.