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Is Divorce in Your Future?

May 24, 2011

 

If you play golf and take a golf cart on the Chaska Town Course you will see a pop-up ad that asks you that question on both the front and back nine.

 

Isn’t that an unconventional way to reach a target audience?   Well, maybe.  I teach Divorce Parenting Classes in Carver County for Parents Forever with my wife and in every class someone says, “I wish I would have known about Mediation when I started my divorce!”  The problem is that many people don’t know about Mediation as an option.   No one ever says, “Do you know a good Divorce Mediator?”  Most people ask for a good divorce attorney.  

Many couples that are contemplating or have made the decision to divorce don’t need an adversarial attorney to help them with their divorce.   Since an attorney can only represent one party or the other, in the traditional approach both parties end of getting an attorney.   With retainer fees from $2,000 to $5,000 for each attorney, the couple spends between $4,000 to $10,000 just to get started.

An Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process is Mediation.  I would argue that Mediation should be a PDR (Preferred Dispute Resolution) process.   Mediation should be the first call to help with your divorce.  Since a Mediator can work with both parties to facilitate the conversations and guide you through the process it saves time, money and helps transition the couple from marriage partners to parenting partners.  

To try and get the word out directly to those thinking about divorce you need to find creative ways to help educate people on the options they have.   So remember, if you are contemplating divorce or just need to talk to someone, look for a mediator that will give you an hour of free time to give you information for you to make informed decisions. 

Divorce is the 2nd most stressful time in your life.  Don’t make it harder than it needs to be!  Contact Johnson Mediation at 952 401-7599 today!   You will be glad you did.

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