Everyone reacts somewhat differently to a divorce situation. Divorced parents with minor children will most likely remain connected in some fashion as they work together to raise, nurture and care for he needs of each child. Post-divorce disagreements can escalate and cause harm to the children if each party is not willing or able to put aside resentments towards the ex-partner and put the needs of the child first. Johnson Mediation provides couples with helpful tools and support services to resolve parenting conflicts or emotional issues that may arise while moving on after divorce. Post-Divorce counseling services at Johnson Mediation are provided by a professional mediator with experience in grief recovery solutions and mediating changes to divorce agreements.
You might have been thinking about the idea of a divorce for a long time. Maybe you have been unsure if you were ready, if it would negatively impact your family, or if you had questions about whether you could survive financially. These are all very important questions as you consider this big decision. Here are some important pieces of information to know before you move ahead with a divorce:
1. Minnesota is a no-fault divorce state: In the state of Minnesota, the court will grant a divorce without considering who might be at fault
One of the most common questions we receive is about how long the divorce process takes. Once a couple makes the final decision to pursue divorce, the length of the divorce process can be a very frustrating aspect of the process. It is important to know that you have choices when it comes to how you settle the terms of your divorce that can reduce the time and money that you spend on the process. Divorce mediation takes far less time than traditional litigation and can be much less expensive as well. Divorce mediation also allows you to have more control over the outcome.
When it comes to the legal divorce process, every state is a bit different. It is important to understand the divorce law in your state so that you can plan accordingly and make informed decisions. Minnesota is a no-fault state, meaning that you do not have to establish that your spouse did something wrong in order to qualify for divorce. You can simply state that you have an irretrievable breakdown in the marriage. This is important because it means that a divorce will be approved even if only one party wants it. In addition, as a no-fault state, the court does not make decisions about custody, division of property or spousal maintenance based on whether one spouse was at fault in the dissolution of the marriage.
Also, in Minnesota, you do not need to be legally separated
The Minnesota court system recommends that all couples attempt mediation or another alternative dispute resolution technique before going through the court system. Some couples will be extremely amicable and other couples may have significant conflict and adversarial communication. Mediation can be effective no matter what level of conflict you and your spouse have. A trained and qualified mediator can find common ground with all kinds of couples in all types of situations.
Emotions can be very high leading up to a divorce and litigation can actually fuel these emotions even further.
Most difficult things are hard from beginning to end. Divorce certainly follows that logic. There is nothing easy about divorce. It is difficult on every member of the family financially, emotionally and can cause conflict, anger, distress and great sadness. The decision to divorce often takes a significant amount of time to make. For some couples this is directly related to the perceived difficulty of the divorce process. Johnson Mediation offers support for the divorce process. You do not have to manage it on your own. While we cannot make it “easy”, our staff can minimize the financial impact on your family