Many divorcing couples in Minnesota agree to mediation to avoid the uncertain outcome and combative nature of court proceedings. The process has now become so popular that most divorces in Minnesota are settled through mediation, and courts in the state now expect couples appearing before them to have attempted to reach a compromise in this way first. You may be considering mediation due to concerns over what you stand to lose in a court case or because you are worried about the effect that an adversarial custody dispute could have on your children.
Whatever reasons you have for considering mediation, taking this step offers a number of potential benefits. Mediation is often far less expensive than a court case, and the results of mediation are often achieved in much less time. Proceedings are also private, which may be appealing to you if you are concerned about your private life becoming part of the public record after being aired in open court.
However, perhaps the most significant benefit of mediation is the atmosphere that an experienced mediator is able to nurture. Emotions can run high and arguments can become heated when a divorce case goes to court, but mediation focuses on finding common ground even when such an outcome appears unlikely. The decisions made during a divorce often have long-term consequences, and you may wish to make them in as amicable an environment as possible.
While we are experienced in handling alternative ways to resolve divorce disputes, we will also vigorously represent our clients in court where necessary. The heated back and forth of negotiations and the adversarial nature of courtroom proceedings may require a different approach to the more conciliatory atmosphere of mediation. If you would like to learn more about resolving divorce issues, please visit our page dealing with mediation.
Source: Kathleen M. Newman Family Law, P.A. , “Mediation“, November 26, 2014