The discussion focused on changes to the child support, maintenance and removal statutes, proposed legislation impacting parenting responsibility and the impact of the Tax Reform Act. The roundtable also focused on practical issues, including civility in the litigation process, and solving complex fact patterns and scenarios.
“It was important to educate the attorneys regarding how the mediation process can solve many of the financial issues resulting from the changes to the child support and maintenance statutes,” said Judge Berger. “The attorneys agreed that many of the changes to the law could best be addressed by settling complicated financial issues through mediation rather than litigation.”
The roundtable included a panel of 22 current and former Cook County judges, law firm partners and attorneys throughout Illinois – all with a focus on family law.
Judge Berger is a senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems. Before coming to ADR Systems, she served for 19 years as a judge in the Cook County Circuit Court’s Domestic Relations Division and the Child Protection and Juvenile Justice Department. Her high settlement rate is a testament to her innate ability to very quickly relate to people personally, even in the most difficult and emotionally charged situations. She is patient, kind and genuinely cares about the best interest of all parties – especially the children. She is committed to financial fairness and applies her ingenuity and years of experience to guide the parties to resolution.
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