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Mandated Mediation vs Private Mediation

September 9, 2015

Minnesota Divorce MediationIf you’re reading this, it’s likely that you’re either contemplating divorce, or already in the middle of one. It’s an exhausting, time-consuming, and emotionally-draining process. But it doesn’t have to be if you choose the right path for your divorce, and mediation is often that path for many people. There are different types of mediation, and it’s best to familiarize yourself with them so that you can make the absolute best choice for you, your ex-partner, and any children you may have together. The experienced divorce mediators at Johnson Mediation can help explain the differences so that you can make the right choice.

Mandated Divorce Mediation Minnesota

Divorce mediation is a process in which an experienced mediator sits in on discussions between the opposing parties and helps them walk through areas of conflict. There are two types of divorce mediation: mandated and private. Mandated mediation is when a couple chooses to bring their divorce case to court. Due to the backlog of cases on many courts’ dockets, divorce is usually considered low priority. To speed up the process, it will be mandated that both parties attend a session with a court-appointed mediator. This session will be arranged according to the mediator’s schedule. During the meeting, the mediator will briefly review the file, conduct a short Q&A session to determine areas of conflict, and allow the couple a chance to work out differences and come to a solution for those conflict areas. Because the time allotted for a session with a court-appointed mediator is short due to the number of cases they usually handle, couples often leave these sessions feeling as if it was a waste of time and that their concerns weren’t adequately heard. This kind of mediation typically ends up back in the courts because of the incomplete feeling that comes with it.

Private Divorce Mediation

Divorce mediation works best when both parties feel that they can, as amicably as possible, work out their own divorce. They have a mediator help them through the process. The mediator helps the couple take on each issue as it comes up, and understands each parties’ concerns. A private mediator can help a couple come up with a custom divorce agreement that includes all aspects of a divorce, such as property and parenting time. The mediator also is more accommodating than the courts, and can schedule sessions that work for both parties’ calendars.

Minnesota Mediation Services

The experienced mediators at Johnson Mediation can help you with your divorce mediation needs. We recommend private mediation because of our many years of mediating divorces has time and time again shown that it is the easiest method for all involved: the opposing parties, and any children who may be impacted by the divorce. If you are looking for confidential, thoughtful mediation, contact us today to get started on the path back to your own, independent life. With mediation, you get the control.

Call (952) 401-7599 today.

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