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.
Preparing for divorce comes in many forms. You need to prepare emotionally, logistically and also consider tasks that you need to complete for the divorce process to begin. One thing that you can do now to prepare for the divorce process is to gather the important documents that you will need to settle the terms of your divorce whether you proceed via mediation or litigation.
Here is a list of documents that should be ready to share during the divorce proceedings:
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.
As we approach the two-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all tired, weary and perhaps a little bit angry. We never could have dreamed of how this would impact our lives and the lives of our family. For many, family dynamics have been strained, close relationships have become more difficult, and conflict has increased. In some cases, the pandemic has shined a light on problems in a marriage. If you have decided that it is time to consider divorce as a next step for you and your family, Johnson Mediation can help. Our approach is client-centered, and we work to address your family’s unique needs
If you are in the midst of a contentious divorce and you are told that you and your ex must work with a parenting consultant to try to resolve issues surrounding issues related to your kids, you may not know where to begin. First, you should know that you can choose your own parenting consultant, or one can be appointed by the court. Second, you should understand exactly what a parenting consultant does. The role of a Parenting Consultant is to help a family navigate issues such as parenting time (visitation), differences in parenting style (including discipline), resolving schedule conflicts, school placement and even plans
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.
Even when we know that it is in our best interest to end our marriage, and maybe even especially when our marriage ends on good terms with our spouse, life after divorce can be much more difficult than we expect. Johnson Mediation understands the complex emotions and practical matters that occur in so many people following their divorce, and as a result, we offer our expertise in the form of post-divorce support.
Whether a marriage is healthy or unhealthy, stable or unstable, meant to last or on its last legs, what all marriages have in common are patterns