Ham Lake MN Divorce Mediation Lawyer

The knowledgeable mediators at Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn will work with you, regardless if you have attorneys, in all areas where there might be disagreements in Ham Lake divorce cases.

Fast, Flexible, and Confidential.

Court cutbacks mean that judges just don’t have as much time to handle all the cases; frequently, people find that they are stalled for months at a time waiting for a court date or for something to just ‘happen’ with their case. It’s not uncommon for parties to spend tens of thousands of dollars on attorney fees and then just a couple years later fire both attorneys before finally coming up with their own agreement. Mediation allows people to move forward at a pace that is reasonable for them.

Mediator’s Role

Although there are a number of different kinds 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 share information and encourages a standing of trust in the opposing party and the process so that parties are able to come to a solution that is acceptable for both of them.

Your Lawyer’s Role in Mediation

Because mediation is flexible, it is allowed to bring a lawyer 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 on hand during mediation, but keep in mind that the choice to have an attorney present is yours alone to make.

Experience Matters

If you are moving ahead without an attorney in Ham Lake, you would be well-served to use an experienced mediator with a complete legal background that allows him/her to address all of the concerns surrounding your specific case; if you have a land dispute, you will want to have a mediator capable of understanding those issues as well as the law. If you have a divorce or custody case, it would do you well to have a mediator who has extensive experience in litigating these issues.

Lisa Specializes in Divorce & Custody Mediation

Conflict, especially in a divorce or a breakup situation, does not need to be inevitable. Exploring mediation as a feasible choice means that it’s your desire to come to an agreement that benefits both of you in a confidential, flexible, and cost effective manner. Mediation begins a process which will let both of you 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 can come to a resolution on their own; the mediation/alternative dispute resolution process assumes that parties can get along decently enough.

The last thing you want to do is put your divorce in the hands of a mediator, mediate a deal, and then come to learn that the Court will not accept it. Instead, you want to be able to come up with your own agreement which meets, as completely 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 rather than putting it into the hands of a completely overworked court system.

Your agreement can include all the parts of a divorce, or can focus on only financial or child-based concerns. Again, this is your decision. The mediation process is always confidential. Aside from agreements put down in writing, everything uttered in mediation is kept confidential. Like a psychologist, your mediator cannot be called as a witness for anything that is said during mediation. This confidentiality allows couples more leeway to talk about concerns, instead of 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 is a member of 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 in the County system. In addition to providing mediation, she also has a family law practice. This allows her to stay in touch with the Court system and give mediation clients a realistic notion of what they can expect from the Court – whether or not they reach an agreement, and to help them reach an agreement that will be accepted by the Court. Lisa mediates all sorts of 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 scheduled for the end of any Court’s calendar. Typically, a civil matter will not appear before a judge for two years after the case is initially filed with the Court. This long delay for justice/resolution, together with the high costs of trial, usually makes litigation an unrealistic option. It is not uncommon for attorney fees, expert witness fees, filing fees, court reporter fees and other related expenses to greatly exceed the amount being disputed.

Along with 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 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 Ham Lake and to discuss your case with Charles or Lisa.

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