mn divorce mediation
How does divorce mediation work?
Successful divorce mediation can help you and your spouse navigate the challenges of divorce with dignity. In order to successfully mediate your divorce, both you and your spouse must participate. Our professional mediators will guide you and your spouse through all the decisions that need to be made before you can file for divorce, including decisions around children, finances and property. Most sessions last two hours and many divorce settlements are reached after just a few sessions. If you are looking for an alternative to divorce court, then divorce mediation can help you come to an agreement in the midst of your divorce.
Divorce Mediation Settlements
Our mediators will assist you in reviewing all the issues that need to be address in a final divorce decree, such as:
- Real and personal property
- Division of assets and/or liabilities
- Tax considerations
- Spousal maintenance
- Child support
- Living arrangements for the children
- Parenting responsibilities
Mediators do not make decisions, provide therapy, provide legal representation or perform legal services for divorcing people, but do devote their energy to helping participants obtain fair agreements.
After Your Mediation Settlement
Once you've completed your divorce mediation, we will summarize your agreements in the form of a Mediated Settlement Agreement. Based on your Settlement Agreement, an attorney drafts the paperwork that is needed to file for divorce with the court. Sometimes both spouses will have attorneys, but you can use a neutral scrivener attorney who does not represent either you or your spouse. After you have both signed the legal divorce papers, they will be submitted to the court for approval by a judge or referee. Our goal is to help you avoid appearing in court if that's your desire.