The Minnesota court system strongly encourages couples who are entering into a divorce to participate in an ADR process (Alternative Dispute Resolution) before appearing in court. This is largely because a court battle taxes many resources, including the state’s court system. Mediation is an ideal choice because it offers an inexpensive and highly effective method for settling difficult and complex issues such as division of property, assets and debts, parenting agreements (also known as custody agreements) and child/spousal support payments. Lesa Koski is an experienced divorce mediator that specializes in providing divorce mediation for couples in the Stillwater, MN area. Lesa can help you and your divorcing spouse identify your unique priorities for settling your divorce so that you can move forward with minimal conflict and the best outcome for your family.
Benefits of Divorce Mediation
There are many benefits to pursuing mediation rather than proceeding through the court system to settle your divorce. Some of the more important benefits include:
- More cost effective: You can expect a mediated divorce to cost between 20-50% less than a divorce that uses the traditional court system to settle disputes. This can save you thousands of dollars.
- Takes less time: A court battle can take many months to resolve as you are at the mercy of others’ schedule – like your attorney, the attorney of your spouse and even the judge. Mediation can usually solve even difficult issues in 3-4 two hour sessions over the course of 6-8 weeks. This allows you and your family to move forward much more quickly.
- Flexible solutions: You and your divorcing spouse are empowered to find creative solutions to issues that are unique to you and your family. Lesa Koski has excellent communication skills, is compassionate and has many years of experience and can help you find these solutions that work well for you.
- Confidential: Mediation is entirely confidential and what is said in your mediation sessions cannot be used against you, should your case eventually go to court.
- Lays strong foundation for effective co-parenting: Choosing mediation shows your children that you are willing to cooperate and work with (rather than against) your divorcing spouse. This lays a strong foundation for positive and effective co-parenting, which is the next chapter in your relationship.
Lesa Koski can help you find peace through mediation by using the simple premise of compromise. If you are looking for more information about divorce mediation and how it might work for you and your situation, call Lesa directly at 651-214-5057.