Minnesota Divorce, Alternative-Style!

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word “divorce”? For many people, it’s a lawyer. And for good reason–in most circumstances, it’s in your best interest to have a  lawyer represent you during your divorce. But in some cases, the best method of getting a divorce might not be the traditional lawyers-and-courtroom method. Minnesota offers several types of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) available to divorcing couples. Here are some of the pros and cons of each. Divorce Arbitration: Arbitration is, on its face, very similar to a court proceeding. You and your ex can each …

4 Reasons To Stay Calm During Your Divorce.

I think one of the hardest things a client has to do during a divorce is stay calm.  Emotions are often very high during a divorce.  Your case may have infidelity issues, one side always feels like they are being treated unequally, money might be tight and nearly always one side feels that what is happening is not fair.  After 11 12 years of being a divorce attorney in Minnesota I’ve learned that there are a few good reasons why you need to stay calm, cool and collected in your divorce no matter what happens. Domestic Abuse/Anger Issues:  If you …

How To Succeed At Divorce Mediation!

Many folks think that all divorces must end in a trial, ala Kramer vs. Kramer.  They don’t.  The reality is that well over 99% of cases end without any trial, it ends in settlement.  Typically settlements are either 1) done by just the lawyers and clients or 2) at mediation. To succeed at  a Divorce mediation you first you need to understand what mediation is.  Mediation, in the divorce sense,  is when the clients and the lawyers (usually, but not always) go and try and work out a deal.  It’s not  binding and if mediation doesn’t work it usually means …