Negotiating Your Divorce Through Mediation
Courts encourage divorcing couples to resolve as much as possible outside of the courtroom through settlement negotiations, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes. These processes tend to progress with less animosity, which can make things easier on all involved, especially children.
If you are considering divorce mediation or other forms of ADR as a way to resolve your divorce, turn to us at Kniess Law, LLC. From our Woodbury, Minnesota, office, we provide tailored advice and guidance to divorcing clients who are exploring their options. Depending on your situation and your personal goals, founding attorney Michelle M. Kniess will negotiate a favorable agreement or advocate aggressively to protect your interests.
What Is Divorce Mediation?
Mediation is a process through which a third-party mediator facilitates discussions between the divorcing parties. The mediator is neutral in the process, going back and forth between the parties until a mutually agreed upon decision is reached. The process is confidential, and the mediator cannot make a decision on behalf of the parties nor inform the court what was discussed at mediation.
What Is Arbitration?
Arbitration is similar to both mediation and a trial in family court. A neutral arbitrator presides over the proceedings, hearing evidence and arguments from both parties. However, unlike mediation where the neutral goes between the parties to reach an agreement, an arbitrator makes an impartial decision based on the facts in the case. Regardless of how the parties feel about the decision, the result is binding and any custody, or child and spousal support orders must be followed.
Mediation And Other ADR Alternatives Are Part Of Litigation
People tend to think of litigation as anything that goes on in a courtroom. In reality, litigation is a general term for the entire process of seeking an end to a legal matter. However, mediation and other ADR alternatives provide one track toward resolution that can be done during in-court litigation and can often be a calmer, more civil way to resolve divorces, custody issues and related matters.
Guidance Through The Divorce Resolution Process ∙ Contact Kniess Law, LLC
You do not have to deal with your divorce alone. Our firm will stand beside you however you wish to resolve your case. Contact our family law mediation lawyer through our online form, or call our firm today at 651-393-9072 and schedule your free consultation.