Moderated Settlement Conferences

Moderated settlement conferences occur in the weeks leading up to a trial. The process affords one last opportunity for the parties, not the judge, to control the outcome in their case. A neutral expert will offer a confidential, non-binding evaluative opinion about each party's position in an effort to facilitate agreement.

Moderated settlement conferences have become a bit of a trend in Minnesota, creating an easier, and more affordable way to resolve a divorce. Many family court judges are encouraging litigants to engage in this form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

A moderated settlement conference usually occurs after the “pretrial” hearing, but before the couple has