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What if my divorce is complicated?

July 29, 2016

When you and your spouse make the final decision to separate and end your marriage, nothing seems easy. There are many things to negotiate, including separation of property, finances, and most importantly a parenting plan needs to be negotiated to determine how custody of your children will be shared. A common assumption is that a complicated divorced should always be handled by the court and cannot possibly be settled by mediation. In fact, no case is too complicated for mediation. Johnson Mediation of Chanhassen, MN, offers a comprehensive mediation program that includes resources and services dedicated to supporting complex and even adversarial situations. Our team is focused on you, your family and your future and will help you navigate this difficult process.

Why Mediation Over The Court System?

Mediation is actually set up to handle the details and complexities of a divorce perhaps even better than the court system. First, mediation is less expensive and takes less time than a court proceeding, which puts significantly less stress on the two parties. The average mediation case can be completed in three to four 2-hour sessions. Court battles can take months and cost thousands of dollars. Mediation costs less money and is less emotionally taxing than going through the courts – a system which is actually set up as an adversarial process, encouraging the couples to be on different sides rather that mediation, which is set up to encourage and foster compromise.

Mediation can also use the expertise of many different individuals to handle a complicated case. In addition to working with the trained mediator, a couple can partner with accountants, appraisers, financial planners, attorneys and other experts in specific areas of the case to resolve the more complicated issues in the settlement. Mediation can be tailored to your unique situation and gives the couple the power to think creatively about solutions, rather than simply focusing on the fight.

Does Mediation Work In An Adversarial Divorce?

Mediators are trained to handle all types of situations, and can help facilitate a positive outcome, even when the divorcing parties are adversarial. A mediator can help both parties deal with the intense emotions that come along with a divorce and work toward a peaceful and positive solution. Very often, once a couple realizes that this process can be effective, costs less financially and emotionally, a couple can invest in the mediation process and work together.

Johnson Mediation can help you and your divorcing spouse navigate and settle the difficult issues in a divorce putting your family first. Our team is experienced, knowledgeable and can help you lay the groundwork for a more positive relationship post-divorce. Call Johnson Mediation at (952)-401-7599 to schedule a time for a free one hour consultation to learn more about the mediation services offered that would work best for your situation.

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