There is no denying how difficult a divorce can be for every member of your family. This difficulty is made worse by heightened conflict during the divorce process. Divorce mediation is a way to reach resolution on the terms of your divorce without continuing to intensify the conflict. The Minnesota courts now recommend that all couples try divorce before proceeding through the court system. So, if you are wondering if divorce mediation is right for you and your family, here is some information that might help you make the decision:
1. Mediation can work for a complicated divorce: Many people assume that mediation will not be able to resolve complex and complicated issues related to dividing property, child custody and/or spousal/child support. That is actually not true. Mediation is ideal for situations with high conflict and can often reduce the conflict by encouraging collaboration and compromise. However, if the potential for domestic violence is present in your relationship, the Minnesota court system recommends proceeding through the court system.
2. Mediation is a very flexible process: Mediation offers a lot of flexibility to both parties. Rather than waiting on a court date to be set based on the schedules of a judge and/or attorneys, you are able to schedule mediation sessions at times that work for you. In addition, you can also complete divorce mediation sessions in person or virtually depending on your preference and your needs.
3. Mediation costs are less than litigation: One of the most stressful aspects of a divorce is the financial impact on a family. Saving money (and time) can reduce the overall stress of the situation and allow you to move forward with your life.
4. If you have kids, post-divorce mediation can be helpful long after your divorce is final: Even after your divorce is final, you will find that there are issues that come up between you and your ex, especially if you share custody of your children. Post-divorce mediation can help you amend your custody agreement and solve other issues related to finances, parenting decisions, etc. after your divorce is final so that you do not have to go to court.
AMS Mediation is a divorce mediation firm in Burnsville, MN that can help you resolve the issues you face with your divorce settlement without going through the court system. Our team is experienced, compassionate and focused on finding a path forward that works for your entire family. If you have more questions about the mediation process, give us a call at 952-252-1492.