How to Divide Property Following a Divorce

When you’re going through a divorce, one of the three components of a divorce settlement is the division of property, and this can be the most time-consuming element of divorce settlements if you and your spouse are heatedly debating property division. Most of the time, however, with a divorce mediator, you can see for yourself exactly how your marital property should be divided based on simple mathematical calculations. The numbers speak for themselves in property division agreements, as the fair distribution of property in most divorce cases is determined based on the amount of assets and debt each party has accrued during the marriage and splitting those equitably. To help move your divorce along and reach a speedy property division settlement quickly, contact a Burnsville divorce mediator at Amber M. Serwat Mediation.

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Divorce After Infidelity

AMS Mediation provides divorce support for people going through divorce.  Divorce Mediation is being used more and more frequently by couples in Minnesota who have decided to dissolve their marriages because it is less expensive than traditional court-based divorce proceedings.  AMS Mediation prioritizes its role as an impartial third-party because of the desire to help all family members who are affected by the divorce emerge with as little damage as possible and give the couple the best chance of lessening the impact of divorce.

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Divorce Mediation Myths

MN Divorce MediationDivorces are difficult, complex and often cause emotional distress–there is no denying that fact. Every divorce is unique and has many issues to sort through and usually requires the help of a third party. Mediation has become known as one of the most highly effective tools for coming to a divorce settlement. In fact, the state of Minnesota actually requires couples to make a good faith effort at mediation before beginning the traditional litigation process.

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Do You Need an Attorney for a Minnesota Divorce?

In Minnesota, it is not uncommon for couples to file for divorce without legal representation. As they move through the Minnesota courts system parties complete and file the necessary paperwork that documents the terms of their divorce settlement. For example, couples must divide assets and debts, and parents must determine custody and other parenting agreements.

Mediation is a valuable asset for couples navigating the divorce process, especially if they are unrepresented by attorneys. In the courts this is referred to as “pro se” representation which literally means “on one’s own behalf.” Mediation is a process that takes place outside the courtroom and allows parties to construct their own settlement agreement. A divorce mediatoris not a decision maker; rather, he or she meets with the parties and facilitates a candid conversation about the facts of their caseand helps the parties craft theirown agreement. When conflict arises, the mediator brings a neutral perspective and helps identify possible alternative solutions.

With mediation, it is possible to reach a complete settlement without retaining attorneys and minimize or eliminate court appearances. Some parties engage attorneys to review the final agreement before filing and some retain attorneys during the mediation process. No matter where they are in the process, parties never lose the option to work with attorneys and/or turn the decision making over to the courts.If only a partial settlement is possible, that agreement can be submitted to the court and unresolved issues addressed in trial.

Each case is unique. Whether parties retain divorce attorneys or handle the case themselves, mediation allows parties to save money and time; and more importantly, to control their own outcomes and customize an agreement that meets their specific needs and requirements.

Minnesota Divorce Mediation: What to Expect

Knowing what to expect during the Minnesota divorce mediation process will allow you and your spouse to focus on what is important—reaching settlement.

Mediation usually takes place in the office of the mediator and the setting is more informal when compared to a court appearance.  You may even wear comfortable clothing.

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