Divorce is one of those things that is not easy to understand if you have not been through it. Most people imagine that divorce proceedings happen in a courtroom with lawyers doing most of the talking and a judge rendering a verdict about issues like child custody, property division and spousal support. However, for many couples around the country, there is quite a different picture for divorce. Divorce mediation puts the power of the decision making in the hands of the couple–rather than a judge. Mediation is less expensive, and takes far less time than litigation, so it has become the preferred method for settling the terms of a divorce. Even the Minnesota courts encourage couples to try mediation before taking their case to court.
What Does A Mediator Do?
Johnson Mediation specializes in divorce mediation services, helping couples navigate this process with less stress and less conflict. Jeff Johnson is a trained and experienced mediator who can help you find common ground and a healthy path forward. A mediator does not make decisions regarding your case. Quite the contrary, in fact – you and your ex make those important decisions because you are uniquely qualified to do so. You know your family best. Your mediator will instead facilitate a positive and productive discussion about the terms of your divorce.
A mediator is a completely neutral party who has been trained to help resolve conflict. You can expect your mediator to set expectations about the process and communication. A mediator will pay attention to allowing both parties to speak uninterrupted, goal setting for the sessions, making sure that important points are clear to both parties, and providing resources and guidance about what documents and materials will be helpful to resolve the outstanding issues. Your mediator will also help keep the conversation moving forward and focused so that you have the best possible chance for resolution.
Experienced Minnesota Divorce Mediator
Jeff Johnson has mediated many Minnesota divorces and understands how difficult the process can be. Jeff is a state qualified neutral mediator, social & financial early neutral evaluator, parenting time expeditor, parenting consultant, parenting coach and a parenting class instructor. He is qualified to help with all issues related to a divorce including financial issues, custody issues and the difficult emotional toll that divorce can take. In addition, he has been through a difficult divorce himself and brings compassion and understanding to each case. If you are interested in learning more about the divorce process, Jeff offers a free consultation. Call us at 952-401-7599 to schedule a time to talk.