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Do I Have To Go To Court To Settle My Divorce?

Do I Have To Go To Court To Settle My DivorceThe first question that we get asked by many of our clients is whether Minnesota requires couples to go through the court system to settle the terms of a divorce. The answer is a definitive no. In fact, the Minnesota courts and judges actually encourage couples to try mediation before proceeding through the court litigation process. Divorce mediation has distict advantages of a tradional court divorce. Other states have started to follow the Minnesota couts lead by recommending and in some cases require couples try divorcde mediation first.

Negotiating a Summer Vacation Schedule after Divorce

Negotiating a Summer Vacation Schedule after DivorceIf you and your family have gone through a divorce over the last few months, you may have a parenting plan in place that outlines how your kids spend their time. Whether this has worked well or needs to be adjusted a bit, summer is often a time that requires some flexibility and potentially changes to a custody agreement. Vacations, changes in day care/school schedule depending on your kids age can turn a schedule that is currently working upside down. Don’t let this stress you out – the staff at Johnson Mediation can help you navigate any changes that you need.

Create Your Divorce Mediation Plan

Create Your Divorce Mediation PlanMediation is an ideal tool to resolve the terms of your divorce and allow your family to move forward in the most positive and healthy way possible. Mediation has many benefits over litigation including a significantly lower cost, less time required, faster outcome and a better chance for long term success. Mediation empowers both parties to negotiate from equal positions, find common ground and illustrate to the children that compromise is possible. Mediation works well even for divorces with high conflict and the court system also encourages all couples to try it before going through the court system.

Divorce Planning Checklist

Divorce Planning ChecklistDivorce may not be something you have spent time planning (or hoping) for, and when you and your spouse decide that your marriage cannot survive, you may feel overwhelmed with emotion and with all of the things that must be done. The emotional and logistical aspects of a divorce can leave you unsure how to move forward. The staff at Johnson Mediation understands how difficult a divorce can be for you and your family. We have developed a divorce planning checklist to give you some guidance about how to take those first steps right away and how to stay on track so that you can move forward with your life.

Step-by-Step Guide to Divorce

Step-by-Step Guide to DivorceNo one enters a marriage hoping that the outcome will be divorce. Of course, our hopes and dreams for our marriage are quite the opposite. And, if you find yourself in that spot and you need to move ahead with a divorce, it can be extremely stressful, complicated and overwhelming. The team at Johnson Mediation understands the process well and can help you with each and every step of your divorce, so that you can focus on healing and moving forward and not get so bogged down in the process.

Tips For Managing Issues After Divorce

Tips for Managing Issues After DivorceIf you have recently been through a divorce, you may realize now that just because the divorce papers have been signed, there are still issues you need to be able to resolve with your ex. While you may wish this was not the case, it is the case for nearly every single divorced couple…especially if you have children. So, you may wonder how to manage these issues when they come up and we are here to help. Johnson Mediation offers post-divorce mediation that can help resolve all types of issues after you are divorced in a fair and productive way, without increasing conflict. Here are some tips from our team that can help

How Does Parenting Consulting Work?

How Does Parenting Consulting Work?If you are curious about the concept of parenting consulting and want to learn more about the process, Johnson Mediation can help. A Parenting Consultant (PC) works with families to help them navigate issues related to parenting time (also known as visitation), differences in parenting styles, approach to discipline, schedules, education as well as interests and activities of the child or children. It is important to understand that a parenting consultant does not address issues related to custody or finances. A parenting consultant can be chosen by a couple or the court, depending on the situation.

Benefits of a Divorce Mediation Consultation

Benefits of a Divorce Mediation ConsultationHiring a divorce mediator is a really important decision as you move ahead with your separation and divorce. A divorce mediator can help you settle the terms of your divorce, including developing your parenting plan, dividing your joint property, and deciding whether you need to think about spousal maintenance or child support. It is critical to establish a strong connection with your mediator and feel like you can be open and honest and ask the questions that are on your mind. Your mediator’s primary goal is to help you find common ground with your ex in order to find a path forward to your future

My Ex And I Are Divorced But Cannot Agree. Can Mediation Help Us?

My Ex And I Are Divorced But Cannot Agree. Can Mediation Help Us?Signing divorce papers may be the official end to your marriage, but it is often just the beginning of a new phase of your relationship. There are many issues that can come up once a divorce is final that might not need litigation, but that cannot be resolved without assistance from a mediator. Post-divorce mediation is ideal for solving a wide range of issues that come up after a divorce is final. So, when you find that you and your ex-spouse cannot agree on an issue about child custody, or child or spousal support, contact the team at Johnson Mediation for assistance.

Divorce Mediation is Ideal For The Vast Majority of Families

Divorce Mediation is Ideal For The Vast Majority of FamiliesOur staff is asked regularly whether we think that divorce mediation is a tool that can help individual families navigate divorce. It is very common to wonder if mediation can truly help resolve what is likely the most significant conflict of your life. Maybe your relationship is particularly complex, high in emotion and conflict or maybe you anticipate difficult resolving issues around custody. These are all very normal concerns about the divorce process and the team at Johnson Mediation can answer your specific questions and give you an idea of what to expect if you move forward with divorce mediation.

Effectiveness of Divorce Mediation over Litigation

Divorce mediation can work in virtually every divorce case, unless there is the potential for domestic violence. In fact, the Minnesota courts are so confident in the effectiveness of divorce mediation for the majority of cases