The widely held view of divorce in the United States is that it is contentious and adversarial. Our long held notions of divorce include lawyers, courtrooms and fights about everything from money to child custody. These impressions come from TV, from movies, and to an extent from personal experience or knowing friends, co-workers or loved ones that have been through the process. Divorce does not have to be this way. You can navigate the process in a more amicable and cooperative way, without the nasty court battle. Mediation has become a strongly preferred option for settling the terms of a divorce in Minnesota
There are countless divorce statistics that you can find online if you do a quick search: Nearly 50% of marriages end in divorce. Over 40% of first marriages end in divorce. Based on data from the US Census, both marriages and divorces are down in the US. Nevada has the highest divorce rate and Illinois has the lowest divorce rate among US states
But statistics are not always that useful – they can show trends, but certainly do not represent an individual situation. Statisticians gather and measure data about a certain thing and analyze
A divorce is a big decision and very likely one, if not, the biggest decisions you will make in your entire lifetime. When you have made the tough decision to end your marriage, your focus will likely turn to what to do to initiate the process. Johnson Mediation can help you from the very beginning of the divorce process all the way to the final stages. Our team has the knowledge and experience to help you and your family navigate by providing resources, information and guidance. Below, is a list of some concrete things you can do now as you begin the divorce process. For additional advice, just give us a call today.
For better or worse, our world changed in March of 2020 when COVID-19 became known to us all. We have shifted many things from in person to virtual including work, school, conferences, and even doctor’s appointments. Online ordering has increased significantly and for many restaurants take out is now more profitable than eating inside. Divorce mediation is another service that has successfully transitioned from in person to virtual, with very few drawbacks and many important benefits. Johnson Mediation now offers online mediation sessions that can settle the terms of your divorce without any in person contact
As our COVID infection rates seem to be trending downward and we finally seem to be heading toward the end of mask mandates, we are beginning to evaluate things that should return to “normal” and things that may not need to. For example, we can all probably agree that our kids need to be in person in school. But we may also continue to use the convenient drive-thru pick up options for our groceries. COVID has changed our world and our perspective, and it is somewhat exciting to think that we can use what we have learned during the last two years to make certain processes more efficient and straightforward.
We all are guilty of making new year’s resolutions and by the time February rolls around, those resolutions are forgotten. If one of your goals for 2022 is to improve communication with your spouse (or your ex), then consider working with the team at Johnson Mediation. We specialize in divorce mediation and parenting support services that can help families navigate complex and difficult situations with less conflict. We work with couples who have made the difficult decision to divorce, individuals who are co-parenting after a breakup or divorce, or families who are simply trying to make some big decisions about the future. With everything going on around us, schedule changes are huge.