Andover MN Divorce Mediation Lawyer
The experienced mediators at Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn can work with you, whether you have attorneys or not, in all areas where there may be conflicts in Andover divorce cases.
Fast, Flexible, and Confidential.
Court cutbacks mean that judges have less time to deal with every case; often, people find themselves stalled for months at a time waiting for a court date or for something to ‘happen’ on their case. Parties can often spend tens of thousands of dollars on attorney fees and then a couple years later fire both attorneys and come up with their own agreement. Mediation allows people move forward at their own pace.
Although there are a number of types of mediation, the mediator’s role in general is to remain neutral; s/he cannot give advice to either party, nor can s/he act as either party’s attorney. However, the mediator can and does allow the parties to exchange information and encourage a level of trust in the other party and in the process so that parties are able to find a solution that suits both parties.
Your Lawyer’s Role in Mediation
Because mediation is flexible, you are allowed to bring your lawyer with you to mediation or simply use him or her as an advisor between sessions. Your attorney is in a good position to advise you whether he or she should be present during mediation, but remember that the decision to have the attorney present is yours to make.
If you are moving forward without an attorney in Andover, you are well-served to use an experienced mediator with extensive legal background that allows him/her to address all of the issues surrounding your specific case; if you have a land dispute, you want to have a mediator capable of understanding your concerns and as well as the law. If you have a divorce or custody case, you will be best served with a mediator who has extensive experience litigating these issues.
Lisa Specializes in Divorce & Custody Mediation
Conflict, especially in a divorce or a breakup, does not need to be inevitable. Exploring mediation as a choice means that you want to reach an agreement that serves both of you in a confidential, flexible, and cost effective manner. Mediation starts a process which will allow both of you to continue your lives as whole people, better able to parent together. The Court system assumes that parties cannot get along well enough to reach resolution on their own; the mediation/alternative dispute resolution process assumes that parties can do so.
The last thing you want to do is put your divorce in the hands of a mediator, mediate an agreement, only to find that the Court will not accept it. Instead, you want to be able to create your own agreement which meets, as much as possible, your needs and the needs of your spouse while also keeping the Court’s requirements in mind. This ability gives control back to you instead of investing it in an overworked court system.
Your agreement can include all parts of a divorce, or can focus on only financial or child-based concerns. Again, this is your choice. The mediation process is always confidential. Aside from agreements put down in writing, everything said in mediation is confidential. Like a psychologist’s office, your mediator cannot be called as a witness to anything that is said in mediation. This confidentiality allows couples to discuss matters more freely than before a judge and lets them move past and resolve issues.
Lisa Kallemeyn is a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota Rules of Practice and serves on the Early Neutral Evaluation Panel in Anoka County for Custody/Parenting Time Evaluations and for Financial Evaluations and is one of the more experienced evaluators throughout the County. In addition to offering a mediation option, she also maintains a family law practice. This allows her to stay in touch with the Court system and to give mediation clients a realistic picture of what they can expect from the Court – whether they reach an agreement or not, and to help you reach an agreement that will be accepted by the Court. Lisa mediates all family disputes, including personal property issues.
Charles Specializes in Civil, Construction & Probate Mediation
Civil lawsuits – those involving land, inheritance, or services provided, are most often moved to the back of any Court’s calendar. Often, a civil matter will not be heard by a judge for more than two years after the case is first filed with the Court. This long delay for justice/resolution, together with the high costs of trial, normally make litigation unrealistic. It is not unusual for attorney fees, expert witness fees, filing fees, court reporter fees and other related costs to exceed the amount being disputed.
In addition to being a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota Rules of Practice, Charles Kallemeyn is Certified as a Real Property Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association. He has practiced law in the real estate and probate areas for well over 18 years; this experience gives him the background necessary to help you resolve any of the following disputes:
- Contractor disputes
- Purchase agreements
- Probate and will contests
Call for fees for these services in Andover and to discuss your case with Charles or Lisa.
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