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New Year, New Direction… Divorce

January 13, 2011

It’s that time again…a new year, new beginnings, fresh goals, and of course resolutions.  You’ve likely closed out 2010 with some reflection on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t.  Where you would continue the momentum of the positive things in your life, and where you would change things if you could.


At the start of a new year, many decide that they are going to get fit, stop smoking, or get a better job.  Those are the resolutions that are the most popular every year.  One resolution that doesn’t get as much press, one that I see in my work at the start of each New Year is the decision by a couple or just one person to end their marriage.

Mediators, Attorney’s and Family Therapists will all say the same thing.  Every January the phone calls to our offices increase as people step into the New Year with a new direction in mind…Divorce.  Now it’s likely that those same people have been thinking about divorce for a while and have put it off to get through the holidays, get the kids back in school, etc.  Those are all good reasons to wait until the New Year.

If you are one of those who have decided to start the New Year with a new direction, explore all your options.  If you know that your marriage is irretrievably broken, then consider talking with a mediator to explore your next steps.  Many mediators offer free consultations, and you should take advantage of that to see if it’s the right direction for you.  Mediated divorces offer greater long-term success in maintaining a congenial relationship, which is critically important if you have children.  Mediation puts you and your spouse at the center of amicably and fairly ending the marriage relationship in a way that allows you to work with each other going forward in the important job of raising children as co-parents. 

If you have entered the New Year with this new direction in mind and live in Chaska, Chahassen, Eden Prairie, Wayzata, Minnetonka, Waconia or other SW Metro communities, give me a call or drop me a note.  I offer a free one hour consultation and all meetings, calls and emails are confidential. 

If you have a story about your own attorney led divorce, or mediated divorce, we would all benefit from hearing from you.  Please share your experience below.  Keep in mind, blogs are NOT confidential so be thoughtful about what you share.

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