When you are going through a divorce, you may be experiencing a lot of emotions that lead to significant conflict. It may seem impossible to ever reach an agreement with your spouse regarding such things as how to divide the property you own, how your children will be provided for, who will be responsible for making the major decisions regarding your children and any needed spousal support.
Although it is understandable that divorce can be difficult to handle, it is possible in many cases to arrive at an agreement beneficial to both parties through mediation. It may be in your best interests to try to reach an agreement in this manner, as doing so can help reduce the overall costs of your divorce while also lessening the emotional damage both you and your ex-spouse may take away from it.
If you choose to try mediation, a trained and neutral third party will work with both you and your spouse to help try to facilitate your reaching an agreement. If you are able to do so, the agreement will become the court’s order. If you are unable to reach an agreement through mediation, you may still proceed to a contested hearing on all unresolved issues. Anything that you discussed in mediation will be treated as confidential and will not be allowed to be used in the contested hearing.
Courts believe that mediation can be an effective alternative for many couples. Being able to reach an agreement rather than depending on a judge’s order may be of benefit while also saving you money. Our attorneys and staff have experience in this form of alternative dispute resolution. If you would like more information about divorce mediation, you are invited to take a look at our divorce mediation page.
Source: Kathleen M. Newman Family Law, P.A., “Minneapolis Divorce Mediation Attorney“, December 31, 2014