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Mediation vs. Traditional Divorce in Minnesota & Wiscconsin

Oakdale, MN Qualified Mediator & Family Law Attorney

When you are separating from your significant other, it is be difficult to manage the legal, emotional and financial issues that surround the divorce.  Any family law issues can produce a lot of stress for everyone involved, especially when working through critical details like child custody and spousal support. Your children, property, finances, and lives are going to be thrown into a process to determine how everything should be split between you and your soon to be ex-spouse. 

To ensure that everyone comes out of the separation / divorce process in the best condition possible, consider mediation. It is another way to divorce from your partner without going through the troubles with traditional divorce.  Instead of leaving everything up to a family law court, you and your spouse agree to work with a qualified neutral mediator. The main goal of mediation is to resolve the issues in your divorce in a low-conflict and cost-effective manner.  

With a traditional divorce, arguing between lawyers can turn into expensive litigation that can leave you and your ex-spouse with little satisfaction and an enormous legal bill.  High-conflict divorces can go on for what seems like forever, and it’s rare for anyone to leave the process feeling good about it.  The stress and effects on your life can be enormous, and they can be even more difficult for your children.  After your children have felt the pull from both sides they may then be asked to testify in family court. This can have a devastating effect on your children, and it does not always work out as planned. 

Mediation is different. Rather than arguing, you are going to be working through key issues with a third party family law professional.  You will be given unbiased information and advice while working toward the best possible solution. Mediation gives you greater control over the process, is far less stressful for everyone involved, takes less time, and is more likely to produce a good result for both spouses.

Mediating a divorce or other family law issue does not require that everyone get along perfectly.  The only requirement is that both you and your spouse agree to be reasonable when working through key issues that will make up your divorce agreement.  Gregory Seamon has the experience and skill to help you work through a process that will leave you ready to have your divorce finalized at a much lower cost than if you each hired your own lawyer.

Mediation is even more helpful when children are involved. While any divorce is typically an emotionally charged process, it’s important to remember that your ex-spouse is a person that you are going to be seeing, or at least working together to raise your children with, for a while. Having the residue from a difficult and expensive divorce makes it harder to pursue what should be your first priority, moving on with your new life.  

Mediation from a family law professional will help you reach an end result that is best for everyone involved. You will be able to have input to division of property, child custody and all other issue related to your divorce instead of letting a family law court dictate your future.   

Gregory Seamon is an experienced family law mediator serving both Minnesota and Wisconsin from his office in Oakdale.  Attorney Seamon provides a free initial consultation for family law issues over the phone or in his office.  If you are not sure if your spouse is going to be willing to pursue mediation, feel free to call Attorney Seamon so that he can give you some basics and help you prepare yourself to have an informed discussion about the benefits of mediation.

From his office in Oakdale, Attorney Gregory P. Seamon works with individuals throughout the St. Croix River Valley in eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin, including Woodbury, Eagan, Oakdale, Stillwater, Lake Elmo and Hastings in Minnesota; and Hudson, Prescott, River Falls and New Richmond in Wisconsin. All Content by:

In Minnesota: Ramsey County, Washington County, Chisago County, Dakota County and Goodhue County

In Wisconsin
: St. Croix County, Polk County and Pierce County

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