Mediation Topics

Divorce Mediation Pitfalls

What are some divorce mediation pitfalls to avoid when doing divorce mediation? One is inflexibility. Do you really need to exchange the kids at 4:30 pm, or could it be 4:15 or 4:45? When your ex-to-be say “yes” do you automatically say “no?” If so, you might want to think things through. There ARE some…

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How to Handle Non-Marital Property in Divorce Mediation

If you get an inheritance while married, there is always the question of whose money it is. The courts can decide one thing, and you can do something else in mediation. As long as both parties agree to it, you can decide to make this marital money instead of just one person’s (non-marital). often a…

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Budgeting and Finance in Divorce Mediation

Finances is one of the most difficult areas of dispute in divorce mediation. Many problems in marriage and divorce can come down to power and control issues. The most common place for power and control issues to play out is money: who gets to spend, how much, and when. It is not uncommon to have…

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Getting to Divorce Mediation

Divorce mediation is a good thing, if you need to divorce. It’s better for you, better for the kids, and you’re not ripping each other’s reputations to shreds via attorneys. You can start your post-marriage life cooperating, not antagonizing. It’s a great role model for your kids. But what if you and your ex are…

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Where to Begin? Divorce Mediation Explained.

Where do you begin with a divorce? It’s best to begin with divorce mediation. Most courts will require you try mediation whether you have an attorney or not. So if you go to court most judges and referees will order you to try mediation. Why not try divorce mediation first, before you go to court…

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Spring Cleaning? Maybe It’s Time for Divorce Mediation.

Despite the snowflakes yesterday, spring is coming to Minnesota! It’s the time of year when many choose to do spring cleaning of their houses and yards. It’s also a time when folks have more energy to “move on” in their personal lives. If you are moving on into divorce, consider divorce mediation: it’s better for…

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More Divorce Mediation Issues

The hardest part of divorce mediation issues is that what is an issue to one partner or parent or spouse may not be to the other. But it is precisely because one person has a problem that the other person doesn’t acknowledge that leads to a breakdown in a relationship. Divorce mediation can help with…

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Divorce Mediation Issues

What are the main issues in divorce mediation? There are many the courts are concerned about, but the most important issue for MN courts is the best interests of the children. What works for the kids, even if it’s more difficult for the adults, rules. Of course, there are exceptions, because if you make divorced…

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Divorce Mediation and Shortening the Process

Divorce Mediation or Separation Mediation can be a longer process if you have a lot of possessions to divide or have a lot of children, especially with a large age range. It helps you a great deal if you can figure a few things out before you come in to see me. It is fastest…

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Child Custody, Divorce and Joint Custody

When I meet with divorce mediation clients, many of them say that they want joint custody. For most people, that means exactly 50/50 parenting time. Some even want it down to the hour. And though I’m not an attorney, I know Minnesota law for joint custody is not always exactly 50/50. What joint custody means…

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