Blaine MN Divorce Mediation Lawyer
The experienced mediators at Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn will work with you, regardless if you have attorneys, in all areas where there might be conflicts in Blaine divorce cases.
Fast, Flexible, and Confidential.
Court cutbacks mean that judges just don’t have as much time to deal with every case; frequently, people find themselves stalled for months at a time waiting for a court date or for something to ‘happen’ with their case. Parties can often spend tens of thousands of dollars on attorney fees and then a couple years later fire both attorneys and before finally coming up with their own agreement. Mediation allows people to move forward at their own pace.
Although there are a number of types of mediation, the mediator’s most basic role 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 trade information and encourages a level of trust in the opposing party and the process so that parties are able to come to a solution that works for both parties.
Your Lawyer’s Role in Mediation
Because mediation is flexible, it is allowed to bring a lawyer with to mediation or simply use him or her as an advisor in between sessions. Your attorney is in a good position to counsel you about whether he or she should be present during mediation, but keep in mind that the decision to have an attorney present is yours alone to make.
If you are moving ahead without an attorney in Blaine, you would be well-served to use an experienced mediator with a thorough legal background that allows him/her to address all of the issues surrounding your specific case; if you have a land dispute, you will want to have a mediator capable of understanding your concerns 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 in litigating these matters.
Lisa Specializes in Divorce & Custody Mediation
Conflict, especially in a divorce or a breakup situation, doesn’t need to be inevitable. Exploring mediation as a viable option means that you want to come to an agreement that benefits 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 when parties appear, they cannot get along well enough so that they may reach resolution on their own; the mediation/alternative dispute resolution process assumes that parties can get along.
The last thing you want to do is put your divorce in the hands of a mediator, mediate an agreement, and then learn that the Court will not accept it. Instead, you want to be able to come up with your own agreement which meets, as much as possible, your needs and the needs of your spouse while also keeping the Court’s demands in mind. This ability gives control back to you instead of putting it into the hands of a thoroughly overworked court system.
Your agreement can include all the aspects of a divorce, or can concentrate on only financial or child-based concerns. Again, this is up to you. The process of mediation is always confidential. Aside from agreements put down in writing, everything said in mediation is confidential. Like a psychologist, your mediator cannot be called as a witness for anything that is uttered in mediation. This confidentiality allows couples more leeway to discuss matters rather than before a judge, and allows them to 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 most experienced evaluators in the County system. In addition to providing mediation, 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 notion of what they can expect from the Court – whether they reach an agreement or not, and to help them 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 dealing with land, inheritance, or services provided, are almost always moved to the back of any Court’s calendar. Typically, a civil matter will not go before 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 makes litigation an unrealistic option. It is not unusual for attorney fees, expert witness fees, filing fees, court reporter fees and other related costs to greatly exceed the amount being disputed.
In addition to being a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota Rules of Practice, Charles Kallemeyn is also 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 needed to help you resolve any of the following disputes:
- Contractor disputes
- Purchase agreements
- Probate and will contests
Call for fees for these services in Blaine and to discuss your case with Charles or Lisa.
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