While it may not even seem possible in your situation, you can reduce the overall conflict between you and your soon to be ex-spouse during the divorce process. There is no doubt that if you have reached the point where divorce is your only option forward, there is likely at least some conflict in your relationship. In fact, you probably assume that this conflict is permanent. However, mediation allows you and your family to navigate your divorce in a healthier way, with the potential of even reducing overall conflict. Divorce mediation takes less time then litigated divorce, and is less expensive.
Benefits of Mediation to Settle the Terms of your Divorce
It may seem impossible to reduce conflict during the divorce process, but since the Minnesota court system requires that you try mediation to settle the terms of your divorce, it is definitely worth a try. Mediation focuses on providing both parties with a safe, constructive environment to discuss issues such as a parenting plan that puts your children first, how to fairly divide your property, assets and debts, and even how to decide whether one party needs to pay the other child support or spousal maintenance. Mediation empowers you to make decisions that are best for your family and to find common ground when doing so. When you focus on making decisions together, you are more likely to find solutions that are reasonable and successful.
Litigation, on the other hand, tends to increase the overall conflict as the process focuses on a win/lose mentality, often putting you and your ex on opposite sides of every decision. You leave these big decisions in the hands of your lawyers and the judge. Litigation is also extremely financially and emotionally costly, which can contribute to heightened conflict.
Experienced Divorce Mediation in MN
It truly is in the best interest of you and your family to try to reduce the conflict in your relationship during your divorce. Your divorce will not be the last time that you need to interact. In fact, if you have children, your relationship will continue and evolve into a co-parenting relationship so reducing conflict can go a long way in laying a foundation for future communication. For many, divorce is not the end of your relationship, just the beginning of a new part of it. If you want to partner with the team at Johnson Mediation to reduce the overall conflict during the divorce process, call us today at 952-401-7599 to schedule a free one-hour consultation.