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3 Important Things to Know About Mediation Services

Jan 24, 2022

Divorce is overwhelming. It has a nasty reputation. But you know what? It doesn’t have to be a brutal court battle. If you and your spouse are level-headed and willing to work together, you might not even have to bring lawyers into it at all.

If a marriage is ending but both spouses are willing to collaborate to find the best outcome, then working with a mediator can be enough without getting courts involved. If mediation seems like a good idea for your divorce, then there are a few things to keep in mind…

1) Mediation is Required Before Divorce in Minnesota

Parties are required to attempt Alternative Dispute Resolution unless there is an Order for Protection. So, if you’re in Minnesota, you have to meet with a mediator before you get a divorce whether you want to or not.

It might be frustrating initially, to say the least, but please give it a fair try. You never know, there could be a way to work through your differences and plan the divorce without needing to hire attorneys.

2) It Can Be a Good Option for Many Couples

Once lawyers get involved, couples are no longer in control of the situation because the legal teams are in charge of building their cases. On the flip side, mediation services give people the chance to keep an honest, steady line of communication.

With mediation, you and your spouse can control your situation and make decisions that work best for your lives. You can plan everything about your divorce, including financial decisions, division of property, child custody, future expectations, and more.

Mediation services are also far more affordable than going through the standard court-based divorce process, which is a definite plus!

3) Choosing the Right Mediator is Crucial

I can’t stress this enough—Not all mediators are alike! Just like lawyers, there are good and bad ones out there. You need to make sure the mediator you hire isn’t there to control the situation. They need to be even-tempered and ready to let you and your spouse steer the conversations.

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At Therres Law Office, our team is welcoming, caring, and collaborative. We offer a comforting presence while providing helpful guidance from a place of genuine respect and appreciation.

You can trust that we’ll use our experience to help you feel safe and confident as you negotiate terms that affect the most cherished aspects of your life. Call 952-226-2223 now to schedule your free consultation!

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