The Social Early Neutral Evaluation (SENE), was started in Minnesota several years ago in one county and has been adopted throughout many parts of the state. It is considered one of the norms when deciding custody for divorcing parents.
A Social Early Neutral Evaluation is a form of mediation because it helps dispute disagreements and create common grounds that both parties are happy with. These meetings are voluntary and non-binding. Although with normal mediation, the mediator will not take a position, yet with SENE the mediator’s task is to give recommendations they see as best fit for both parties.
Parenting is already hard enough. Add a divorce to the mix, and your job as a parent gets infinitely more difficult. For parents who have separated, you’re not only dealing with raising your child, you’re trying to figure out how to raise your child the way you want to. In any relationship, parents have different ideas about how to best raise a child, including what rules to set, how to discipline children, what hours children should keep, what activities children should participate in… the list goes on. If you and your former spouse are having a difficult time communicating, compromising, or overall doing what’s best for your child, you may need the help of a parenting consultant. At Johnson Mediation, our Chanhassen, MN parenting consultants are here to help make sure your divorce does not stop your child from flourishing.
If you live in Chanhassen or Bloomington, Minnesota and are in any stage of the divorce process, Johnson Mediation can help you. We offer an alternative to the ways most Americans think of settling a divorce. Divorce mediation is quickly becoming a better known and more desirable way of seeking and finalizing a divorce. You can count on our team to provide you with exceptionally good advocacy, fairness, and a commitment to the most positive outcomes with your soon-to-be former spouse. We also have a great deal of experience and expertise in Minnesota divorce law, which is important because laws pertaining to divorce differ from state to state.
Many divorcing couples are concerned that mediation may not work. They are fearful that their situation may be too difficult or they may not know a lot about mediation. Although some couples are able to be fairly respectful of one another and work together in divorce mediation, this does not mean you should compare yourself to them. More than most, divorces are not this smooth. Due to things that have happened in the past, complex emotions arise and make it extremely difficult to negotiate with one another. If you are experiencing the troubles of not being able to negotiate it will be very beneficial for the two of you to go to a mediator in order to delegate.
Divorce can be extremely costly and a lot of times, that fact alone creates tension and a prolonged process. When you and your partner have came to the point in your relationship and have decided it is best to part ways, it is important to understand your options. As many people think that hiring an attorney and going into litigation is the only option, this is in fact not and is also the more costly option.
According to national statistical averages, the average cost of divorce when hiring a lawyer and going to litigation is $30,000 compared to $5000 when you choose to settle your divorce through mediation instead.
One of the most common questions asked about divorce is how much it will cost. The first thing to understand is that you have choices when it comes to settling the difficult aspects of your marriage. You can seek resolution through the traditional court system or you can settle your divorce with the help of a divorce mediator. As you are likely already aware, when it comes to divorce, the costs can add up both financially as well as emotionally. Below you will find some basic information about the cost of divorce.