Divorce Mediation FAQs

Divorce Mediation FAQs

July 16, 2021

By FairWell Family Law Mediation

Common Divorce Mediation Questions

If you and your spouse are considering divorce mediation, it goes without saying that you both have many questions. At Fairwell Family Law Mediation, we have the answers that you’ll need to know to make an informed decision.

Why Choose Divorce Mediation?

Going through a divorce is never an easy process. It’s emotionally painful, and when children are involved, it can make it that much more contentious. With the help of a divorce mediator, couples can negotiate settlements and learn techniques for resolving future differences. Mediation can be an avenue to show divorcing couples how to work together productively despite any anger or animosity that they may have with each other.

What Types of Services Are Needed During Mediation?

Depending on your divorce situation, you may need to have other parties help with settling your negotiations. For example, you may need a forensic accountant to conduct a business valuation if you have a joint-owned business. Other professional services that may be required include:

  • Financial planners

  • Career counselors

  • Psychotherapists

  • Child psychologist

Your divorce mediator will be able to recommend any other professional services you may need after taking a closer look at your case.

How Does Divorce Mediation Work?

Instead of going to court, which can be time-consuming and costly, a lawyer can help you and your ex-spouse work together to reach agreements. Mediation offers divorcing couples a way to separate their spousal roles, which are ending, and establish parental roles for children, which are continuing.

Your divorce mediator will focus on all the relevant issues between you and your ex-spouse that need to be resolved and identify the best fair options for both parties. One of the benefits of mediation is that you can actively participate in negotiations, leading to reasonable solutions and mutually satisfactory agreements. A mediator does not take sides and helps couples explore all options and the outcomes of each. A mediator works for the best interests of both parties and the best interests of any children involved. The ultimate goal in divorce mediation is to help couples arrive at acceptable settlements without establishing a "winner" or "loser."

How Long Does Divorce Mediation Take?

The good news is that mediation is a shorter process because you do not have to go through courts and litigation. While the number of sessions in mediation depends upon what issues need to be resolved, such as the division of assets, spousal support, co-parenting matters, and how you prepare for the sessions, divorce mediation can take six to nine months to complete. In contrast, a typical divorce can take one to two years.

How Much Does Divorce Mediation Cost?

Divorce mediation is less expensive than a typical divorce case that goes through court litigation. At FairWell Family Law Mediation, we understand the financial burdens and stresses of divorce. Our goal is to help give you peace of mind knowing that a divorce is possible without the pressures of unknown expenses. Ourstate-of-the-art Fairwell document creation system makes it so that we can provide our clients with fixed pricing, error-free Court documentation, and a faster divorce process.

What Are the Benefits of Mediation?

In addition to being less costly, choosing divorce mediation over litigation can have the following benefits:

  • It takes less time to complete the divorce process.

  • It benefits both parties by reducing conflict.

  • Avoid the public disclosure of financial and personal information (mediation is confidential).

  • Promote communication and cooperation.

  • You can proceed at your own pace. There are no court time limits or other time constraints.

  • Focus on your needs in the best interests of your children and you.

Need Help With Divorce Mediation in Minnesota? We Can Help.

When seeking a cost-effective alternative to divorce, mediation may be right for you. From dividing property and assets to child custody and spousal support, let us help you and your spouse reach fair agreements.

When you have questions about divorce mediation, we have answers. Do not hesitate to reach out to our mediators by calling (320) 299-4249.


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