Divorce & Custody
Serving the MN Twin Cities of Minneapolis, Saint Paul & Southern Minnesota
Family Mediation Service: Separation with a Mediator Is Easier and Cost-Effective
Family in Crisis? Need Child Custody Evaluation?
Glen Bickford is a caring professional mediator and a parenting consultant. Trained first as an ER chaplain, then as mediator by CDR Associates (Boulder, CO), Hamline Law School and Erickson Mediation (Mpls.), is a MN Qualified Neutral and an early neutral (custody) evaluator for Minnesota courts.
Glen has 20 + years of experience mediating and could help couples with:
- marriage mediation,
- child custody mediation,
- family law mediation,
- parental mediation,
- child custody evaluation,
- parenting time mediation.
He can advise you on the best parenting schedule for your children’s ages. He knows the easy ways to handle exchanges and money so there’s less stress now and years from now. He knows the issues that are likely to come up. Let his years of knowledge and experience work for you and your kids. Glen’s hourly rate is less than attorneys and parents can split the cost.
Custody Mediation: Choosing between Lawyer and Mediator?
As recently as 25 years couples seeking divorce often had few options other than legal separation or hiring lawyers and having a costly settlement or an even more costly court battle. Even if a court case seems unavoidable or inevitable, Child Custody Evaluations can often settle a dispute and are less costly than litigation. Couples who bring to court fights over items such as furniture, appliances or collectibles can risk the displeasure of both attorneys and judges.
Today things have progressed. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes abound. Mediation, Arbitration and Social and Financial Early Neutral Evaluation (SENE or sometimes CPENE and FENE) are just a few of the new processes that have sprung up in Minnesota and nationally in recent years.
These ADR processes can save 50-75% or more over a traditional courtroom-based divorce. Divorce Mediation, also called Family Mediation or Custody Mediation, is the most popular of these processes.
You can hire divorce attorneys at $250/hr (or much more) per attorney to do your divorce for you. Figure $5000 apiece if your attorneys settle it in conference or upwards of $10,000 or more each if it goes to court. If it goes to court a judge decides, and you may not like what they say. Then it’s back to court to try and change things. In court your attorneys will try to prove who is the better person and the better parent.
When you mediate with me at Bickford Mediation you decide what’s best. Because you work things out yourselves, a mediated agreement is unlikely to go to court again and because you both agreed, it’s better on both of you and better for your kids. You can move on. Plus, my fees are less than many attorneys and you can split the cost. My agreements are drafted up by an attorney so judges seldom question them.
Choose our mediation services and you will decide what’s best for your family, not a judge.
- Save money
- Save time
- Less stress
- Better results for you and your kids
Mediation Process for Child Custody
After a divorce, there are still more ways for divorced parents in conflict to avoid court. Mediation works before or after divorce. Parenting Time Expeditors can mediate a dispute or even interpret the divorce decree or court order. Parenting Consultants can decide new matters of conflict that come up over time. All these developments have meant that divorce and divorced parenting issues, while often painful, can be managed in a way that is best for all concerned, especially the children. Family and Divorce is never easy, but it can be managed with Glen to help.
Free 1 Hour Consultation
Evening and Weekend appointments available
I mediate on most matters related to divorce and cohabitation including child custody and property disputes. Parenting Consultant work with high conflict couples is my specialty.
Whether or not you use a lawyer, Glen can help save you time and money.
612-670-7980 (Twin Cities Metro)
507-269-9079 (Southern Minnesota)