If you and your family are facing a divorce, you may have many questions about the process. Divorce itself is overwhelming, extremely stressful and emotionally draining. The process, however, can be relatively simple and straightforward in many cases and this can help to ease the overall magnitude of the experience. Divorce Mediation can be an excellent way to navigate through the divorce process more quickly with less conflict, less financial and emotional stress. Johnson Mediation has been working with couples in the Minnesota area for more than twenty years and can assist you throughout the entire process.
Understanding the Divorce Process
Divorce mediation is a cost-effective way to settle all aspects of your divorce without having to go through the traditional litigation process. If you and your to be ex-spouse can agree to mediation, you will be able to find solutions to important issues like:
- Division of your joint property including your home, other property, all other assets as well as your debts.
- Creation of a fair, equitable and workable parenting agreement (also known as a custody agreement).
- Determination of whether or not spousal and/or child support should be paid from one party to the other.
You can expect mediation to take between 3-4 two-hour mediation sessions to complete. More complex cases can take a bit long and more straightforward cases may take a bit less. You will work with a mediator to first identify the issues that need to be addressed. You will then determine what documents and information needs to be gathered and shared.
Role of a Mediator
It is important to understand that your mediator does not make the decisions about your case — that is actually entirely up to you and your former spouse. Your mediator will help guide the discussion, keep you focused on the goals that you identified as important and provide you with information about the court system and about the most common ways that issues are resolved. Your mediator will also document the agreements and make sure that they are filed correctly with the court. Mediation generally costs between two and ten times less than a traditional court battle.
Experienced Divorce Mediator Minnesota
Johnson Mediation has experience with divorces that are both complex and adversarial. Our team understands how difficult a divorce can be for a family and we work hard to guide you through it so that you can finally move forward with your life. For more information about the divorce process in Minnesota, call us at 952-401-7599.