If you are considering using divorce mediation to settle the terms of your divorce, you may have some questions. The team at Johnson Mediation is here to help. Here are some answers to some of the most commonly asked questions reguarding the divorce mediation process:
1. Why should I choose divorce mediation?
Divorce mediation is one way to resolve the terms of your divorce without having to go through an expensive and time consuming legal battle. Divorce mediation often results in a more positive outcome for both parties as well as the children in the marriage. Minnesota courts now require couples to try an alternative dispute resolution option before proceeding through the courts, so mediation is an ideal choice.
2. What kinds of issues can be settled using divorce mediation?
You can actually settle all of the terms of your divorce with mediation. This includes division of all of your joint property and assets, as well as child custody, parenting plans and even spousal maintenance and child support.
3. How long does mediation usually take?
You can expect the mediation process to take several months. You will schedule 3-4 two hour mediation sessions (in person or virtual) over the course of 2-3 months. Each divorce is unique, of course, so this may be longer if your divorce is especially complex.
4. What are some of the benefits of using mediation rather than litigation?
Divorce mediation is less expensive and takes less time than a court battle. In addition, mediation can actually reduce the conflict between the two parties, while litigation can increase the overall conflict. Another important benefit of mediation is that it gives you and your ex the power to make decisions that are best for your family, instead of leaving these decisions in the hands of a judge.
5. How much does mediation cost?
Mediation costs between two and ten times LESS than a court battle. Mediation allows you to save significantly on legal costs, as you can choose to navigate the process without a lawyer. There are other costs of a highly contested divorce–mediation also reduces the emotional costs of a divorce and allows you to move forward toward your future more quickly.
Learn More About The Divorce Mediation Process
If you have other questions about the divorce mediation process or would like to sit down with the team at Johnson Mediation for a free consultation, please call us at 952-401-7599 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.