Beverly R. Tarr is a highly experienced and qualified divorce mediator based in Chicago who offers a swift, confidential and constructive process to assist you in reaching a settlement.
She specializes in all aspects of divorce mediation and has conducted over 2000 mediations with 95% of cases reaching an agreement. Her practice covers every aspect of divorce and/or separation including child custody, parenting time, all financial matters and she has specialized training in post decree cases. She offers a personalized service that addresses the specific needs and interests of each party, recognizing every case is different. Beverly is of the belief that mediation can be more relevant during these difficult economic times with an even greater need to look at costs and realistic options that are workable in her clients particular set of circumstances.
Beverly is accredited by The Mediation Training and Consultation Institute in divorce/family mediation. She was a certified trainer of mediators for CCR and NAR and has been a regular judge for National and International Mediation Competitions. She appears frequently as a Guest Speaker at divorce conferences/seminars and has appeared in Chicago Magazine: August 2007 edition, Divorce: It’s Ex-Pensive. In addition, she is recognized as an expert internationally in her field and was selected as a keynote speaker for the World Mediation Summit in Madrid in 2014 and 2016. Additionally, she was internationally recognized during her presentation at the World Mediation Organization in Berlin in 2015 and in Greece the same year. She specifically addresses the conferences on her unique model and highly sought after alternative dispute strategies. Her passion and dedication to mediation as a way to resolve disputes was recognized when she was awarded a 2006 Elite Award for Outstanding Dedication and Exemplary Performance in mediation from CCR and in the same year was named a finalist for the CEDR Awards for Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Beverly has a wealth of experience in litigation, having been a barrister (trial attorney)for twelve years. She remains a member of the Bar of England and Wales and is also a member of the Bar of Illinois, however now specializes solely as a divorce mediator.
Mediation does not need to be a long, drawn-out process. I hope to resolve all issues within one to two sessions in a relaxed and informal environment. This finite period often focuses objectives and narrows down the important issues. It also eases the emotional stress frequently associated with disputes.
A successful mediator is objective, independent and listens to the parties. It is the parties and not the mediator who controls the decision making process. As your mediator, my goal is to create an environment that is conducive to effective communication and to convey each parties’ views in a way that they will be heard and considered. I hope to create opportunities for the parties to look at various options for them to be able to make a final decision.The swift and confidential nature of mediation also ensures parties avoid excessive costs, stress and adverse publicity often generated in court.The parties are able to get closure and certainty as to outcome. It is my practice not to involve the children during any stage of the mediation and therefore avoid them being drawn into the divorce process.
My fees are $585 per hour. This hourly rate applies to all work conducted before, during and after the mediation including the drafting of the Memorandum of Understanding.
Parties can call or email anytime to arrange a free initial consultation.
No retainer is required at any stage during the process. Payment is due 7 calendar days after the mediation.