When a couple decides to move forward with a divorce, one of the first things to consider is the mechanism through which the divorce will be settled. Many people elect to hire attorneys and navigate this process via the traditional court system, but over the last decade or so, more and more divorcing couples are electing to use family mediation services to settle their divorce. Mediation can be ideal for some divorcing couples and can take less time and cost less as well, so it may be an option worth considering for your family.
Important Facts About Family Mediation
- Mediation is voluntary — so, you and your ex-spouse must both agree it is the way you want to proceed. You cannot force someone to participate.
- Mediation keeps the decision making process with you and allows you to have more control over the outcome, rather than leaving this to the court system. Mediation gives you the power to prioritize the things that are most important to resolving for your family.
- Mediation generally costs less than settling a divorce in the court system.
- Generally there is quicker resolution with mediation, which can be very positive for all members of the family.
- Mediation can help set the foundation for future healthy and productive interactions between you and your ex-spouse and model this behavior for any children in the family.
- Mediation is generally less adversarial than battling via the court system, which can foster more collaborative interaction post divorce.
Family Law Mediation at Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn
Lisa Kallemeyn of Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn is a family law mediator and is a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota Rules of Practice. She has devoted her entire career to family law and has extensive experience helping families in the metro and surrounding areas. Lisa will listen to your concerns and your questions and help you navigate the process with the least amount of difficulty so that you can finally move forward and put this chapter behind you.
If you decide to pursue mediation with Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn to settle your divorce, you can complete a confidential information form and an Agreement To Mediate and begin the process quickly. It is important to note that Lisa Kallemeyn cannot act as your mediator and your attorney, so if you elect to hire an attorney to be present for your mediation meetings, that will need to be a different attorney. Call Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn at 1-763-427-5131 to get started.