Category: Mediation

Explaining the Divorce Mediation Process in Minnesota

May 30, 2013  |  Elizabeth A. Schading

If you’re considering the services of a divorce mediator in Minnesota for your divorce then you’re in good company. Mediation works well in about 75{a0c01d20c42349884e67ff80c137866b0a9fe47aaae8f8a86a605a369ae487c3} of all divorce cases, and the divorce mediation process can leave you with a settlement that you can live with – one that you had a direct hand in creating. However, it’s hard to make an informed decision when divorce mediation is a mystery to you. What will happen? How do you know you’ll get a fair deal? If your spouse is domineering, how do you know you won’t be at a disadvantage? Issues of Divorce Mediators are trained to handle all of the issues that might be present in your divorce, including child custody, parenting time, child support, spousal support, and the division of assets and liabilities. Make sure you come to your mediation prepared with any and all documents and records which might have a bearing on these issues. The Mediator’s Role The mediator is there for several reasons. At BGS, your mediator has a law degree, but is not serving as a lawyer to either party. The mediator is not a judge and cannot force you into any decision. Instead, the mediator is there to keep the communication between you and your ex respectful and…

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How Mediation in Minnesota is Effective at Creating Elder Care Solutions

May 27, 2013  |  Elizabeth A. Schading

Caring for aging or dependent parents can be a source of contention among adult children. If you and your siblings are fighting constantly over how to care for an elderly father or mother then you might be interested to know just how effective mediation in Minnesota can be at creating elder care solutions. There are many common issues that can arise when a parent’s health and independence start to fail. There might be questions about housing and living arrangements, or having a live-in caregiver vs. moving to an assisted living facility. Your elderly parent may not want to give up his or her car keys, while you and your siblings know it’s the right thing to do, for the parent’s safety and the safety of others. You may want your parent to get medical treatment that he or she is refusing for some reason. There might be arguments about inheritances, whether or not to sell the house, and how the caregiver-sibling is managing the money. If your elderly parent is on life support there may even be arguments about whether or not the parent should be kept alive. For the most part, everyone involved only wants what’s best for the aging parent. However, not everybody agrees on how to get to what’s best….

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4 Things You Should Know About Child Custody Mediation in Minnesota

May 20, 2013  |  Elizabeth A. Schading

If you’ve decided to use child custody mediation in Minnesota to resolve some of the issues of your parenting dispute, then you’ve made a very good choice. Often, people who use mediation instead of the court system, wind up far happier with the outcome that they receive. This is because mediation allows you to be an active participant in the process of deciding what is best for your child. However, that does not mean that there aren’t a few things you should know about the process. [maxbutton id=”1″ ] 1. Be Prepared You already know that you should come to court prepared, but did you know that you should come prepared for your mediation, too? While the mediator doesn’t have the power to impose a decision upon you it does help to have all of the information at your fingertips. Here are a few of the things you should consider bringing. A list of the issues that are most important to you, so that you can make sure those issues are addressed. Suggestions and plans for meeting each of these issues, such as suggested parenting time schedules. Records such as the child’s report cards and school attendance and progress, and other indicators of the care that you’ve been giving the child. A list…

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