Among all issues that must be settled during a divorce, the issue of child support is always complicated, difficult and often times deeply rooted in conflict. Each party has their own view on how and whether child support payments are necessary and strong opinions about how much should be granted. As a divorcing couple, you have a choice when it comes to settling issues like child support, division of assets and property and even child custody. You can navigate the traditional court system with a lawyer and engage in a court battle, or you can try to use mediation as a tool to find solutions that work for all parties. Lisa Kallemeyn, of Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn, can help you decide which avenue is best for you and your family and can even help you no matter which route you take. Lisa is a trained mediator as well as a divorce attorney and she can support you in either role (just not both!) and works with divorcing couples in the Coon Rapids, Blaine, Ham Lake, Andover, Anoka, Champlin, MN area.
Role Of A Mediator
If you decide to try to partner with a child support mediator, there are important things to note. A mediator is a neutral third party who does not make decisions about your case, but instead helps foster a positive environment where productive discussions can take place and resolution can be found. A mediator will help guide your discussions and keep the discussion on track and can provide general information about the legal process, but is not in a position to provide legal advice or counsel. Mediation is entirely voluntary and must be agreed to by both parties.
Benefits Of Mediation
Mediation has many benefits for couples who think that it might be a tool that will be successful for them. It is less expensive than a court battle and generally takes less time (and energy). Mediation empowers the divorcing couple to find creative solutions to difficult issues that are personalized and work for any unique circumstances. Mediation also models positive and collaborate behavior for the children in the marriage and sets a solid foundation for effective future co-parenting.
Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn: Navigating a Divorce
Lisa Kallemeyn is a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the MN Rules of Practice. She is an experienced mediator and has worked with parties from the metro and many of its surrounding counties. Lisa is also an attorney and can only function as either your mediator OR your attorney (not both). If you have questions about divorce, child support or division of assets, call Lisa directly at (763) 427-5131 to set up a time to discuss your unique needs and your options for moving forward.