Serving Those Seeking Mediation In The South Metro
Are you and your spouse seeking a divorce but don’t want to have to go through the complex, stressful process of litigation? Fortunately, there are many ways to approach the divorce process and litigation is only one of them.
Meinerts Law Office, P.A., offers mediation services, which can provide a less stressful, expensive and public way of addressing your divorce. The firm’s Burnsville mediation lawyer attempts to provide clients with effective legal solutions in a healthy environment. Whether representing individual clients during negotiations or acting as the official mediator between two parties, he uses decades of experience to help couples reach a fair resolution.
Addressing Complex Matters In Mediation
Many couples are under the misconception that litigation is the only way to go through a divorce. Fortunately, mediation offers an alternative to traditional divorce, which is often contentious and lengthy. If you wish to settle your divorce amicably, effectively and cost-effectively, Meinerts Law Office, P.A., can help. The firm can work with you to determine if mediation is right for you and if so, ensure you understand your options.
During mediation, you and your spouse will need to discuss and agree on the following topics:
- The creation of child support agreements
- Parental concerns like custody matters and visitation for noncustodial parents
- The division of marital property, including complex assets like businesses
- Alimony and spousal support
By negotiating these concerns, you can reach an arrangement that feels fair to both spouses and that protects what matters most to you.
Answering Frequently Asked Questions About Mediation
Because many people are more familiar with litigated divorce, they often have questions about mediation and how it could help them during the divorce process. Attorney Merlyn Meinerts has extensive experience both in representing individual clients and acting as an impartial mediator, and Meinerts Law Office, P.A., can answer your questions at every stage of this process.
Is mediation right for me?
Mediation may be a good fit for you if you and your spouse want to keep things amicable during the divorce process. If you are comfortable discussing complex issues like your finances and are confident that you can work together to make decisions, mediation may offer you a way to save money, protect your privacy, and reduce conflict and stress.
Do I need to be represented by an attorney in mediation?
While some people enlist a lawyer to provide them with guidance during the legal process, represent their interests during mediation and review their agreement before they sign it, that is not the only approach you can take. Pro se divorce mediation allows you to represent yourself during this process.
What does a mediator do?
Mediators act as impartial guides while you and your spouse negotiate your divorce agreement. They can help guide your discussions to help you resolve issues or offer suggestions when you face challenges. However, a mediator does not decide what your divorce settlement looks like – that decision remains in your hands.
How long does mediation take?
The amount of time that mediation takes depends on your unique situation. If you have complex matters like child custody to resolve or own extensive property that will take additional time to divide, mediation may take more time. If you and your spouse communicate effectively and generally agree on the divorce-related issues you will discuss, the process will generally take fewer sessions.
Lawyer Trained In Mediation And Negotiation
With years of experience in the family law field, the goal of Meinerts Law Office, P.A., is to help clients through three main steps: represent, resolve and restore. Attorney Merlyn Meinerts works to make the divorce process as stress-free as possible for you and your family, creating a more healthy environment in which you and your spouse can discuss the important matters of a divorce. Throughout the years he has been in practice, he has used the mediation process to guide clients to fair resolutions.