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Should I Hire a Lawyer For My Divorce?

Should I Hire a Lawyer For My Divorce?One of the most common questions when it comes to a divorce is when to hire a lawyer. In fact, most people assume that in order to get a divorce, you need to hire a lawyer right away. Hiring a divorce lawyer makes certain assumptions about the divorce process that are not necessarily the case. Here are some things to consider as you determine whether you need to hire an attorney for your divorce.

1. You do not have to go through the court system to have your divorce granted: You can choose mediation to resolve all issues related to your divorce including

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What Does A Mediator Do In Divorce Mediation?

What Does A Mediator Do In Divorce Mediation?When you use a mediator to help you settle the terms of your divorce, it is wise to get a strong understanding of what you should and should not expect from your mediator during the process. The most important thing to understand is that a mediator will not make decisions about your case. Your mediator is not a decider – that is actually your role. A mediator is trained to be neutral and trained to help you and your spouse resolve all of the issues related to your divorce. This includes developing a parenting plan that outlines how you and your co-parent will share custody, deciding exactly how you will equitably divide all of the property that you share and even determining whether or not child or spousal

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Effective Tool To Settle All Aspects Of Divorce

Effective Tool To Settle All Aspects Of DivorceIn the state of Minnesota, you and your spouse have the same rights when it comes to getting divorce. Minnesota is a “no-fault” divorce state, so the reason behind a divorce is not taken into consideration by the court. In fact, the court actually requires that every couple attempt an alternative dispute resolution process before proceeding through the court system. So, if you have made the decision to pursue divorce

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Reasons To Consider A Mediated Divorce

Reasons To Consider A Mediated DivorceDid you know that you do not have to hire a lawyer and go through the courts to finalize the terms of your divorce? Despite how the media portrays divorce on TV, it can be quite different than you might imagine. In fact, the state of Minnesota actually requires that couples who want to divorce and do not have any history of domestic violence first try an alternative dispute resolution like divorce mediation before litigation. This is in part because the court schedules are booked so far in advance that divorce can take many months just to align an attorney and a judge’s schedule.

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Resolving Conflict After Your Divorce Is Final

Resolving Conflict After Your Divorce Is FinalWhen you think about a divorce, you may assume that once the terms are settled and the divorce is final, your interactions with your ex will be over. For the most part, that is the case. Divorce is the end of your marriage and that signals changes in your daily life, living situation and financial ties. However, your relationship with your ex may not disappear entirely when you sign those divorce papers. If you share children, you will quickly

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Divorce Coaching In Coon Rapids MN

Divorce Coaching In Coon Rapids MNIf you live or work in the Coon Rapids MN area, and have decided to divorce, you have made the decision that you want to move forward with your life in a different direction. You want a future without your ex as your life partner. That is a big decision and one that you did not take lightly. However, making that happen can feel like many new and difficult decisions that you may not have fully considered. It can be difficult once you make

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While providing virtual ADR services was not part of our plan, we have made the necessary accommodations to ensure we can continue to serve our clients during these unsettling times. All services are currently available through virtually. We are using Zoom for videoconferencing. We suggest that you download this app to your phone or the program to your computer at


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Amber Serwat & Gabe Frye
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