Mediation

Mediation is a process in which parties work with a mediator to come to an agreement on issues like child custody, parenting time, and child support.

Parties can attend mediation for almost any family law issue, including divorce, custody, or paternity matters, and they can choose to attend mediation at any point in the family court process. You can decide to try mediation prior to filing any court papers, or you may determine after one or several hearings in family court that you would like to attempt mediation instead.

Mediation is a true alternative to traditional litigation in family court in that instead of allowing a judge to decide the resolution to your conflicts, you work with a mediator to come to your own agreements.

Why is mediation sometimes a better alternative?

Mediation is often preferred over litigating in court for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Mediation tends to cost less than a lengthy court battle.
  • Mediation protects or even mends relationships that can be destroyed through the adversarial court process.
  • You can do mediation on your own time, since it is not driven by a court calendar.
  • Because you are making decisions for yourself, mediated agreements tend to "stick" rather than being challenged.

For More Information

SENE or CPENE (Social Early Neutral Evaluation)

FENE (Financial Early Neutral Evaluation)

Cooperative divorce

Alternative Dispute Resolution
http://www.mncourts.gov/Documents/0/Public/Alternative_Dispute_Resolution/ADR_Brochure.pdf