J. Alex Jacobson is the founder of Jacobson Mediation Group, a practice dedicated exclusively to mediating family law and matrimonial issues. As your mediator, Alex’s objective is to help you and your family reach lasting, creative and definitive agreements outside of the courtroom.
Alex operates with the utmost discretion and flexibility to help you make critical decisions about your family and your future in a confidential, non-adversarial, and cost-effective manner.
For the Modern Family
Today’s modern family exists in many forms, including same-sex couples, unmarried couples who have a child together, parents who travel frequently, and parents residing long distances from each other.
Families face a myriad of financial issues including, but not limited to:
Valuing a business interest
Calculating income for support purposes
Determining the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage
Characterizing property as marital or non-marital property
Allocating payment of children’s expenses
Mediating all or any portion of these issues provides an opportunity for your family to achieve workable solutions that conform to your specific circumstances.
Efficiency & Accessibility
Family law and matrimonial matters are often emotionally and financially taxing. When compared to litigation, mediation allows for a more efficient and economical way to resolve these issues. This is due to direct communication between the parties, voluntary disclosure without unnecessary procedural steps, and resolution without the need to rely on the court’s limited availability.
Further, agreements reached in mediation have staying power because these are resolutions created and agreed upon by the parties that will uphold them, rather than judgments imposed upon them by the court.
In mediation, you will retain control of the process and any agreements that are made.
Allocation of parental responsibilities
Temporary parenting and support matters
Emergency parenting and support matters
Pre- and post-marital agreements
Post-judgment modifications regarding parenting and support
j. alex jacobson
Before opening Jacobson Mediation Group, Alex was a practicing divorce lawyer for over 12 years at one of the largest law firms in the nation, dedicated exclusively to matrimonial and family law. Alex focused her practice on the negotiation and preparation of marital settlement agreements, asset valuations, child custody matters, and pre-marital and post-marital agreements for high net worth individuals.
While working for Chicago’s premier family law firm, Alex was known for helping her clients—both men and women—achieve the best possible resolutions, even in the most high-conflict situations, as a result of her command of the law, commitment to her client’s priorities, and creative problem-solving abilities.
As a divorced mother, Alex has a deep, personal understanding of the impact of divorce on a family. Alex knows how critical it is to achieve complete and lasting agreements that satisfy all parties and are tailored to the unique needs of each family.
Given her extensive professional and personal experience addressing matrimonial and family law matters, Alex pivoted her career and launched Jacobson Mediation Group.
Emory University, B.A. 2002
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D. 2005
Northwestern University Divorce Mediation Training Certificate, 2018
Alex has been consistently recognized in the legal community for her skills as a divorce lawyer, having been named:
One of Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch, Class of 2016
One of Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Stars in 2009, 2011—2013, 2016, and 2018