In Minnesota, family law mediation is becoming a very popular and effective option for navigating the divorce process. Only just a few years ago, proceeding through the traditional court system was a divorcing couple’s only real option for settling a divorce. Mediation now offers an alternative that can cost less and minimize the time (and energy) that is spent finalizing the divorce. Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn of Coon Rapids, MN has a family law mediator on staff who can help you and your partner find resolution on such issues as child custody, child support and distribution of property including assets and debts. Lisa Kallemeyn has more than 20 years of experience as a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the MN Rules of Practice and has worked closely with clients in the Coon Rapids, Anoka, Blaine, Andover and Ham Lake areas.
Family Law Mediation Process
If you decide to partner with Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn to mediate your divorce, you can expect to follow the following process:
- Complete the Confidential Information Form and pay a $25 non-refundable administration fee.
- Review the Agreement to Mediate which outlines what you can expect during the mediation process.
- A typical mediation session lasts 3 hours in the Coon Rapids, MN office
- Fees for a mediation session with Lisa Kallemeyn typically are $360/each party, if split evenly (her hourly rate is $240/hour).
- Your mediation session will remain confidential.
It is important to understand that mediation is entirely voluntary and that neither party can be forced to participate. You are allowed to have an attorney present for a mediation session if you would like, however, if Lisa Kallemeyn serves as your family mediator, she cannot also serve as your divorce attorney.
Benefits of Family Mediation
There are many benefits to choosing to attempt mediation rather than going through the court system to settle a divorce. Mediation is typically significantly less expensive, takes less time and can be less stressful than putting all of the control over your personal situation in the hands of the court. Mediation is also entirely confidential, so you do not have to worry that details of your personal life will be heard by an entire courtroom.
Finally, you and your soon to be ex-spouse may be divorcing, but if you have children and will be sharing custody, you will need to continue to work together long after your divorce is final. Setting a positive tone with mediation rather than an adversarial one will model positive behavior for your kids and pave the way for a more positive future for you all.
If you would like more information about the family mediation services offered by Lisa Kallemeyn in the Coon Rapids, Anoka, Blaine, Andover and Ham Lake areas, call (763) 427-5131 today.