Going through a divorce is not an easy process for anyone involved. Divorce cases can take some time to finalize, and they can become incredibly expensive, particularly when both sides have extensive disagreements about the issues involved. However, mediation is often used as an alternative method for resolving legal disputes. At Knutson+Casey, our Mankato mediation attorneys are ready to help you today. We have extensive experience helping clients in all manner of family law cases and know that mediation can be an effective tool for resolving divorce issues more amicably.
Mediation is a voluntary process that happens out-of-court. This process allows a divorcing couple to discuss and reach agreements on a range of issues related to the divorce with the help of a neutral third party (the mediator). The issues that are discussed and handled in mediation are those that will need to be finalized in any divorce settlement, including:
A mediator is not there to make a decision for the parties. The job of the mediator is to be used as a guide and a legal resource. Any decisions made in the mediation process will not result in a court order.
Mediation has several benefits, particularly when both sides of the divorce are relatively amicable towards one another. Mediation gives both parties the power to determine the terms of their divorce, as opposed to the issues being decided by the court in a trial.
Mediation can significantly reduce the costs related to separation, and the divorce process will often be completed more quickly if agreements were made in mediation. Discussions with a mediator are confidential, meaning there will be no public record (divorce trials are matters of public record).
There are times when mediation may not be the best option for separating couples. This may be the case for contentious divorces, instances in which abuse and domestic violence are involved, as well as divorces that involve high-value assets.
You actually do not need an attorney for mediation in Minnesota, but you should consider using one. Not all mediators are attorneys, but at Knutson+Casey, we offer high-quality mediation. When you work with us for your mediation, you gain a team with a thorough understanding of Minnesota family law. Because we will be handling your mediation, we will also be able to seamlessly transition all agreements into a finalized divorce settlement.
If you are going through a divorce or any other serious family law issue, you should consider all of your options. One of those options may be mediation. At Knutson+Casey, our compassionate team has vast experience handling all issues of family law, including issues surrounding mediation. Our Mankato mediation attorney will gladly sit with you and review all options available as you move through this difficult process. You can contact us for a free consultation online, or give us a call at (507) 344-8888.