Fortunately, divorce is not something that you generally go through very often in your life. A divorce is never exactly expected or planned for so when you decide you are ready to move forward, you likely have a lot of questions about the process. Most individuals assume that the only way to settle a divorce is to go through the court system. However, divorce mediation has become a very viable option for settling all terms of a divorce, without having to set foot in a courtroom. If you are not familiar with how divorce mediation works, here are five important facts that can provide some information to help you decide if you should pursue it:
1. Your mediator does not “rule” on your case: It is important to understand what the role of a mediator is. Your mediator will not make a ruling in your case like a judge. Instead, your mediator serves as a neutral third party and facilitates discussion about the terms of your divorce, including property division, child custody and spousal/child support. Your mediator understands the legal system and the divorce process and will help you set goals and stay focused on finding a solution to the issues you face. Your mediator will not make decisions – that is really up to you and your ex.
2. You can still have legal representation for mediation: You are allowed to hire professionals (including attorneys) to help with your mediation case. If you want to work with an attorney, an accountant, a financial advisory or other professional, that can be arranged during mediation.
3. Mediation is voluntary: Mediation is a voluntary process so both parties must agree to participate or it cannot move forward or be successful. Any resolution that is reached must be agreed upon by both parties.
4. Minnesota courts recommend all couples start with mediation: The court system is backed up with cases and actually recommends that all couples (unless there is a domestic violence allegation) try mediation before proceeding with litigation.
5. Mediation has some important benefits over litigation: Mediation is less expensive and takes less time than litigation so can be much less stressful on all parties, including the children.
Divorce Mediator In Minnesota
Johnson Mediation specializes in providing divorce mediation services to couples in Minnesota. We understand that the divorce process is not familiar to our clients, so we work hard to walk you through each and every step so that you can understand the process and ask any questions that you have. For more information about our divorce mediation services, call us at 952-401-7599.