Christina White

Co-Family Mediation

Chicago, Illinois 60101


Child Custody, Child Support Modification, Co-Parenting, Divorce, Divorce Modification and Enforcement, Domestic Relations, Family, Legal Separation, LGBT, Marital Property, Same Sex Disputes

Upon graduating from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, concentrating in Public and Professional Writing, Attorney and Mediator, Christina ("Chrissie") White earned her Juris Doctorate degree and Certificate in Child and Family Law from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois.

At DePaul, she served as a judicial extern for both a domestic relations judge in Cook County, Illinois, and a civil division judge in Los Angeles County, California. While in law school, Chrissie participated in mock trial and client counseling competitions, volunteered for the Family Law Clinic and the Domestic Violence Pilot Project, worked as a law clerk for family law attorneys, and served as the recruitment chair for Phi Alpha Delta, a fraternal and philanthropic organization.

With extensive volunteer experience representing women and men in family law matters, Chrissie opened her own law office in May of 2017, as a participant in the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Justice Entrepreneur’s Project, one of the country’s leading incubators for solo and small firm attorneys. As a solo attorney, Chrissie gained significant litigation experience in the courts in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. While building her business and taking on pro bono cases through Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, she represented over one hundred clients in matters pertaining to divorce, parentage, guardianships of minors, adoption, estate planning, landlord-tenant disputes, and civil litigation.

In 2020, Chrissie joined a general practice law firm in Schaumburg, Illinois, as part of the Family Law practice group. She then relocated to Batavia, Illinois where she now lives with her two young sons.

After relocating, she became a certified mediator for family law matters through Northwestern University's Professional Development Divorce Mediation Training.

With a reputation for compassionate legal counsel, Chrissie moved to Shaw Sanders P.C. in St. Charles, Illinois, where she gained further experience in the heat of her clients' family law battles. Often she found herself desirous of a more peaceful path forward for her clients and their children, one that was not found in courtroom hearings or across the table from her in depositions with ruthless and combative adversaries. After consistently advocating and negotiating on behalf her clients throughout their divorce and parentage matters, Chrissie realized her proudest moments were those in which thorough, impartial, mindful, and effective collaboration between parties yielded better outcomes for the children involved.

Ultimately, Chrissie realized where her heart was leading her all along. From humble beginnings as a Midwestern millennial middle child of the Crossroads of America to the lighthearted and slightly irreverent Chicagoan/Suburban "mamattorney" often literally stuck in the middle of her boys' arguing and roughhousing, she has always been a peacemaker and creative problem solver at heart.

Now as a divorced mother herself, looking back on the process of negotiating the terms of her own settlement, she sees power in communication and fair negotiations. Most of all, she knows she operated with her children's best interests in mind as she and her ex-husband, also an attorney, represented themselves in the divorce, saving time and money, which is always better spent on the kids. She's happy to share that her experience of co-parenting, while certainly not perfect, has been mostly positive, collaborative, and respectful. Most of all, her kids are happy, healthy, and loved by both parents infinitely.

Chrissie is a Co-Chair of the New Lawyers Committee of the Kane County Bar Association, a member and former conference volunteer for the National Association of Women Judges, and an active member of Kiwanis International of St. Charles.

Co-Family Mediation is a completely virtual, economically feasible, client-led alternative to traditional litigation in divorce and parentage matters in Illinois, created by Family Law Attorney and Certified Mediator, Christina ("Chrissie") White.

Here, we offer a structured series of mediation sessions, tailored to the unique needs of modern co-parents and their children, that streamlines the path to divorce and/or separation.

At Co-Family Mediation, we know family law conflict, and we know resolution. Finding common ground with your co-parentmeans your time and resources are better spent raising and making memories with your children, not fighting over them.

555 S. Randall Road, Suite 205
St. Charles, IL 60175

P: 630-423-6377
E: [email protected]