Divorce mediation is a relatively simple process that can save you time and money when it comes to settling the terms of your divorce. Understanding the basics of the process can help you navigate it with less stress. During the Covid pandemic online divorce mediation became popular and is still the prefered method of completing the divorce mediation process. Online mediation is more convinent and saves time and money. Here are some basic pieces of information that are helpful for couples to know before the process begins:
1. Role of the Mediator: Your mediator does not make decisions about your case. He/she instead helps facilitate a discussion between you and your spouse. Your mediator empowers you to make these important decisions yourself, rather than leaving decisions in the hands of a judge. Your mediator can help you navigate the divorce process from start to finish.
2. Mediation can help resolve all aspects of the divorce process: You may be concerned that mediation is not comprehensive, but that is not the case. You can decide how to fairly divide your joint property, how to develop and finalize a parenting plan outlining how your kids will spend their time, and whether or not you should factor in child support or spousal maintenance into your divorce settlement. Nothing is off limits in mediation.
3. Courts encourage mediation: The court system is backlogged, so in Minnesota, the court system actually encourages all couples to try mediation before moving forward with litigation. If it does not work, you can always complete the process in the courts.
4. Complete your divorce settlement in less time for less money: Mediation can be completed in a few (3-4) two-hour mediation sessions. This can be done in person or virtually depending on your preference. Litigation can take many months and can cost 50% more than mediation.
5. Post Mediation can be used after your divorce is final: If you develop a positive relationship with your mediator, you can also use them as a resource for conflicts that come up after your divorce is final. If you share children, it is very likely that there will be issues that come up between you and your ex, well after your divorce settlement is final. Mediation can be used anytime during or after a divorce, and this option allows you to keep conflict low and stay out of the courts.
Minnesota Divorce Mediator
The team at Johnson Mediation has extensive experience helping couples navigate the divorce process using divorce mediation. If you have questions about the process or would like to schedule a time to learn more, call us at 952-401-7599.