Is Divorce Mediation Right For Me? (Yes)

The vast majority of marital dissolution cases settle short of trial, often through mediation. During the mediation process, a neutral third-party will meet with the litigants, and their attorneys, to attempt to find compromise on disputed issues. Topics for discussion often include: Child Custody; Parenting Time; Child Support; Property Valuation; Property Division; Debt Division; Spousal Maintenance; and Attorney's … Read More

The Four Phases Of A Contested Divorce In Minnesota

About half the cases we handle are more contested divorces. These are marital dissolution cases in which the litigants don’t expect to reach agreement early and, instead, need the intervention of the court system in order to reach a resolution. These divorces typically involve four distinct segments. The first segment of work in a contested case involves the case workup. This is where we put together the initial pleadings in the case and … Read More

Minnesota Court Of Appeals Family Mediation FAQ’s

Yesterday, we mentioned the new pilot family law mediation program at the Court of Appeals. Direct from the source, here are the answers to common questions received by the Minnesota Court of Appeals concerning appellate mediation in divorce and family cases. Thought this information would be helpful for any family litigant contemplating mediation, whether because of an appeal or a district court action. What is Mediation? Mediation is a … Read More

Divorce Mediation And The Role Of A Mediator In Marital Dissolution Cases

When people mediate, they bring their conflict to a place where they try to settle their dispute. To assist with the process, an impartial third person, or "mediator" helps them reach an agreement. The mediator does not take sides or make decisions. Rather, he or she should be fair to all parties and help them find a solution. More and more individuals are trying to resolve disputes through mediation. While this process can occur without the … Read More