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Why Mediation Could Be Right for Your Divorce

When your marriage is beyond repair, a divorce can provide both spouses with a fresh new start. Mediation could be right for you: it’s a less adversarial solution that can save time, money and stress.

Here are some of the benefits to mediation:

  • Save money: Divorces can be expensive, especially if you’re fighting out every detail in court. The average mediation is about 10 percent of the average cost of divorce. Instead of paying tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees, you can resolve issues for a fraction of the price.
  • Save time: Depending on how contentious your divorce process is—and how backlogged the courts are—a divorce can take nine months to two years, on average. Mediations, on the other hand, average two to four months.
  • Reduce conflict: Most people want to reduce conflict in their divorce. When children are involved, it’s crucial. Mediation is a problem-solving solution that can lower stress and conflict for everyone involved.
  • Keep your information private: When you battle it out in court, the details of your divorce proceedings and settlement will be a matter of public record. Keep your information private by choosing mediation.
  • Participate in decision-making: One reason mediation leads to lower conflict is that both parties are encouraged to participate in decision-making, rather than have their future decided by a judge. Spouses can work together, along with their attorneys, to come to reasonable solutions that benefit everyone involved.
  • Avoid future legal battles: When a judge creates a court order, it can cause frustration and resentment in one or both parties. This may lead to future legal battles, especially if one spouse hopes to modify or appeal an order. Mediation helps avoid future legal battles.

Divorce mediation offers many benefits, especially when you’re working with the thoughtful divorce attorneys at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A. in the Twin Cities area. Call today for a consultation.

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  • "Tori had a thorough understanding of my situation and made excellent recommendations to resolve my concerns. She was persistent on communication and handled everything in a very timely manner. I would definitely hire her again in the future if needed." - M.K.

  • "With Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A., it is like having a family physician. They are all knowledgeable, thorough, comforting, and the only call I need to make for all my legal needs for many years to come. No matter what the matter, I totally trust their advice and commitment to me and my family." - J.N.

  • "Mary from APH Law helped me thru a difficult divorce. She and the entire staff was there for me every step of the way helping me on what to do next. They listened to what I wanted and helped me achieve what matter the most to me in the divorce settlement." - Dana C.

  • "I chose APH after my initial consultation with Mary. I felt my best interest would be represented. The entire process went excellent, the attorneys and staff communicated effectively and efficiently with me throughout the process as they needed to. Being new to the legal process and verbiage, they walked me and talked me through the next steps and the jargon, I felt completely comfortable and represented. I hope I never have to use legal services again but if I do I will call Mary at APH Law and know that I will be taken care of." - Jeff M.

  • "Divorce is a time of emotion and stress. Mary Pfeifer , My lawyer was professional and compassionate. She was very informative through the process. Her insight helped me in my decisions. She worked hard to obtain a settlement which was fair to both parties.Though, I hope I won't need her help again. It is reassuring to know a good person that is willing to help." - Rod S.

  • "I first came to Ms. Jacquelyn Lutz of Appelhof, Pfeifer and Hart in October of 2016. It was definitely the worst time in my life and she compassionately spoke with me about my options. Ms. Lutz thoroughly explained the laws, statutes, process and what to expect going forward. What was supposed to be one case, turned into three intricate cases that took a huge toll on me and my family. Ms. Lutz represented me in court on all three cases with a vast knowledge of the laws and how to proceed accordingly. During all three cases she kept me informed, calm, gave me resources to utilize, and (most important) gave me a realistic view of what may come next. Ms. Lutz knew each case required a great deal of knowledge and creative thinking on how to legally proceed forward with each case. My family and friends are forever grateful for the amazing representation by Ms. Lutz. I highly recommend Ms. Lutz for anyone needing or considering superb representation for any kind of family law. " - M.H.


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