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Divorce Mediation and Financial Support MN

October 3, 2016

MN Divorce Mediation and Financial SupportWhen you’re going through a divorce, it can be concerning how slowly everything moves, particularly if you and your spouse have a difficult time compromising and creating a fair divorce agreement. In particular, financial support issues, or arguments over alimony, can be the most complicated element of the divorce process, as neither party is usually happy with their share of financial support or independence following a divorce. What many divorcing couples take for granted is their own independence; once you’re married, financially and legally bound to another individual, your financial life becomes one and you begin to depend on whatever the other earns, and that means that when you begin the divorce process, you’re attempting to break one financial life into two. This, unfortunately, is easier said than done. That’s why Johnson Mediation offers divorce mediation services from our Chanhassen, Minnesota offices, helping divorcing couples come to a fair financial support agreement that will allow them to quickly settle a divorce.

Determining Spousal Support/Alimony in Divorce Cases

Coming to a fair divorce agreement is not a simple as having both parties involved agree to the terms of a divorce. No matter how amicable your divorce may be, and no matter how willing one party is to financially support another, your divorce must be more than fair; it must be legally equitable, as determined by a judge. That means that your divorce, as well as the financial support terms of your divorce must meet criteria that would make it a legally binding agreement that could pass before a judge. With this in mind, and with the knowledge that a speedy divorce is a cheap divorce, working with a divorce mediator to speed up your divorce can only benefit you and your spouse. With our divorce mediators, you’ll have a resource who will help you come to a legally fair financial support agreement that will allow you and your spouse to live independent lives that are made possible with alimony payments.

Financial Early Neutral Evaluations for Resolving Financial Support Issues

An early neutral evaluation is a service we offer at Johnson Mediation to help divorcing couples understand the cost of divorce as well as the likeliest outcomes of an adversarial divorce compared to a divorce settled in mediation. Often times, couples use a financial early neutral evaluator to help them decide whether the court costs required for a divorce and the likely outcome of a trial warrant spending the time, energy, and money needed to pursue a financial support agreement in court.

Financial issues can often make a divorce take longer to resolve in court or in mediation, but an evaluator will tell you what a judge is likely to decide regarding alimony, helping you choose whether to settle your divorce in mediation to get as close to your desired financial support agreement as possible, or go to trial to fight for a more fair alimony agreement. At Johnson Mediation, our Chanhassen, MN divorce mediators will help you through your financial support issues, ensuring your divorce ends as quickly and fairly as possible. Call us today at 952-401-7599, or send an email to, and look forward to a fairer divorce.

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