Custody Mediation is About the Children

The thought of dealing with custody mediation as a result of a divorce or custody dispute is overwhelming.  A custody or parenting agreement can be emotionally difficult, but the most important thing to remember about mediation for custody and parenting is that everyone involved should be focusing on what is in the best interest of the child.  It is not the time to place the parents’ needs over the child’s.  The only emotions anyone should be focusing on are those of the child.  Parents will have the opportunity to address their issues at the appropriate time.

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By Law, Do Mothers Have Greater Custody Rights?

In order to make custody determinations the court evaluates the best interests of the children using 13 key factors which are defined in MN 518.17. In addition to being financially expensive, formal custody evaluations are also often highly adversarial and

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Is There A Custody Arrangement That Can Reduce Conflict In The Future?

Yes; and it is the arrangement that the two of you build together. A divorce only ends the marital relationship. The parenting relationship remains and often requires a significant amount of

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How Do You Divide Property?

MN law is relatively vague about how to divide marital property (all that you own and owe). There is an assumption that all marital property should be divided equitably. Mediation allows you and your spouse to

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How Do You Determine Spousal Maintenance/Alimony?

Decisions about spousal maintenance are often emotional and challenging. Unfortunately, MN law does not specify how to calculate a spousal maintenance obligation. Unlike child support, MN divorce laws are discretionary when it comes to spousal maintenance (alimony) stating only that

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