One of the most commonly asked questions about the divorce process is whether or not you need to hire a divorce attorney to represent you during the process. The answer may surprise you – you actually do *not* need to hire an attorney for your divorce if you decide to use mediation to settle the terms of your divorce. Working with a divorce mediation service is highly effective and is, in fact, recommended by the Minnesota court system at this time because of long court scheduling delays. You can handle all aspects of a divorce settlement from child custody issues to how to equitably divide your joint property with the help of a mediator.
Why Consider Divorce Mediation?
Divorce mediation has been gaining popularity over the last decade for a number of reasons. It is a less expensive option to litigation in large part because you do not have to hire an attorney and pay the hourly legal fees (and leave decisions in the hands of a judge). Instead, you work directly with a trained mediator to make the decisions about the end of your marriage. Mediation sessions can happen in person or virtually, depending on your preference and the process generally takes much less time than litigation, which can be helpful as you try to move forward with your life. Mediation empowers you and your spouse to make the big decisions about the end of your marriage, because you two are in the best position to do so.
Divorce mediation can work well for all types of couples, no matter the circumstance. You may have a very amicable situation or one with a lot of conflict. Either way, mediation can be highly effective, less expensive and less emotionally and financially taxing. One thing that should be noted about mediation is that you are allowed to hire an attorney to help with the mediation process. This can be discussed directly with your mediator if you feel that it is necessary. In addition, if mediation is unsuccessful, you can always decide to hire an attorney and proceed through the traditional court system.
Divorce Mediation Services In MN And WI
Johnson Mediation specializes in divorce mediation services. If you are curious about the process and whether it might be an option for you, give us a call at 952-401-7599 to schedule a free consultation.