The Minnesota court system actually encourages all couples who are entering into the divorce process to try mediation before they move forward with litigation. This comes as a surprise to many couples, assuming that hiring lawyers and bringing their case in front of a judge is the only way forward. Over the last decade (or more), mediation has proven to be a highly effective, affordable way to settle the terms of a divorce with less conflict and long-term problems. Given how long it can take to get a slot on the calendar of the court/judge, these are just some of the reasons that the court actually prefers couples to try mediation first.
Minnesota Courts Recommend Mediation
You may have some preconceived notions of how the divorce process works. In fact, many of us have seen movies, TV shows and heard stories of being dragged through the court system, in front of a judge in a nasty court battle. While this may make a movie or TV show more entertaining, this is not how it generally works in real life. Despite how much conflict a couple had in their marriage, divorce mediation gives you the opportunity to work toward a divorce settlement with less cost, less time spent and less overall conflict. This generally helps a family move forward in a more healthy and positive way, open to the possibilities of the future, rather than focusing on the pain of the past.
AMS Mediation specializes in divorce mediation services for couples in Minnesota. We can help you resolve all aspects of your divorce settlement including dividing your joint property including assets and debt, creating a parenting plan or custody arrangement to determine how your children divide your time between you and your ex, and even whether or not spousal maintenance or child support is warranted in your case. You can expect to settle the terms of your divorce in a matter of 6-12 weeks and spend approximately $4000 (this is our average combined cost). A court battle can be drawn out for many months and cost thousands more dollars.
Lower Stress And Cost Of Your Divorce
There are many important reasons to consider mediation if you are beginning the divorce process. Financial and emotional costs are lower, and you can set a positive foundation for your future success. For more information about our divorce mediation services, call 952-252-1492 to schedule a free consultation.