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How Does The divorce mediation Process Work in Minnesota?

August 6, 2016

As divorce mediation becomes one of the most widely used mechanisms for settling a divorce in the state of Minnesota, many wonder exactly how the process works. Johnson Mediation of Chanhassen, MN offers a comprehensive approach to mediation, which empowers a couple to put anger and emotion aside and find positive and productive ways to solve the unique issues in your divorce. Johnson Mediation focuses on you, your family and your future and can help you with the emotional, logistical and legal issues surrounding a divorce.

Divorce Mediation Process

Divorce mediation takes much less time than a lengthy court battle and costs significantly less money. Generally, if you pursue divorce mediation, you should plan for a series of 3-4 mediation sessions over the course of a few weeks to a month. Each of these sessions will last approximately 2 hours. The first step in the mediation process is for the divorcing party to discuss and agree upon the issues that need to be resolved. There may be information that needs to be gathered and shared about these issues so that the discussion can be most productive. External experts can be consulted during the mediation process- such as accountants, financial advisors, attorneys, etc. At the conclusion of the mediation sessions, the mediator documents the agreement(s) and, once they are reviewed by participants and their attorneys, the mediator can help file the agreements with the court.

Role Of The Mediator

The divorce mediator’s role in the mediation process is to provide a neutral voice in the discussions, offering information about the court system, offering ideas for common ways important issues in a divorce can be solved and facilitating a productive conversation that stays on track and covers the issues that were deemed priorities by the divorcing couple. A mediator is not a decider in the mediation process — the decisions are arrived upon by the couple.

The benefits of divorce are many. The court system is simply not set up to manage ongoing problems and issues that arise related to divorce, parenting plans and child support. Mediation can not only help settle the terms of the divorce but can help facilitate productive solutions after a divorce when situations change and further negotiations are needed.

Divorce Mediation Experts

Johnson Mediation has extensive experience in providing comprehensive divorce mediation services to those in the Minnesota area. Our team offers a free one hour consultation so that you can ask questions and gather the information that you need to move forward. Call (952)-401-7599 for more information.

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