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Answers to Common Questions About Divorce Mediation in Minnesota

As Minnesota divorce attorneys, we regularly receive questions on all aspects of divorce, including the mediation process. Below are a few of the most common questions we receive, along with some brief answers to them.

Q: Why should I use mediation for my divorce?

Minnesota requires all divorcing couples without a history of domestic violence to attempt an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process, such as mediation, before they go to court. This can also be helpful for your budget, as divorces that settle in mediation are generally significantly less expensive than those requiring trial or other extensive litigation. The process can also provide you with more control over the outcome.

Q: How long does the mediation process take?

The length of mediation depends on the circumstances of your case. Most sessions are approximately three hours long. Some matters involve one scheduled mediation session, while others utilize mediation several times.

Q: Is it possible my case is too complicated for mediation?

Your divorce attorney is the best judge of the strategies you should use. Mediation can be a good starting point even if you end up needing to negotiate certain aspects of your divorce in other ways.

Q: Does the mediator have the final say in our divorce settlement?

No. In fact, the mediator does not make decisions at all. This person simply guides you through the discussions and remains a neutral third party. The settlement is largely up to you and your former spouse.

To learn more about the divorce mediation process in Minnesota, consult a skilled divorce attorney today.

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