Alternative Dispute Resolution For Divorce - St. Louis Park Lawyer

When people think about working through divorce, they often picture a contentious courtroom battle. Thankfully, there are settlement options that are more amicable, less expensive and less time-intensive and that provide parties with more satisfaction and control.

If you are interested in learning more about your settlement options, it's important to work with a divorce attorney who has experience handling mediation. I am attorney Stephanie J. Sternke, and I am trained in civil mediation and family mediation. I help parties reach peaceful and workable settlements that serve their separate but common interests. I work with individuals in St. Louis Park and throughout Minnesota in mediation, child-focused mediation, early neutral evaluations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Mediation

Mediation is a voluntary process where a couple seeking divorce works with an impartial party — the mediator — to generate their own solutions in settling their divorce. The mediator cannot give legal advice, take sides or make decisions for the parties.

Instead, mediators can help parties reach agreements when they are struggling or reach an impasse. Mediators facilitate conversation and help people address issues in order to reach agreements.

Early Neutral Evaluation

In early neutral evaluation, parties work with a 2 member team that may include both lawyers and mental health professionals. Both parties explain their stories and desired outcomes to the professionals.

Based on that information, the lawyers and mental health professionals suggest the resolutions they think are in line with that the court would do. The suggested resolution is not legally binding, but it gives the parties a neutral perspective that often acts to encourage the parties to re-evaluate their position and seek compromise in order to reach an agreement. Early neutral evaluation provides a safe place for both parties to be genuine, open and honest.

Child-Focused Mediation

Child-focused mediation is a newer mediation option that involves a mediator and mental health professional. The mental health professional meets with the children and parents separately then later come together at mediation. At mediation the mental health professional makes recommendations on custody, parenting time, and other child related issues that are intended to promote the emotional, physical and developmental needs of the children. The mediator then facilitates conversation between the parties and mental health professional to reach agreements that are focused on the best interests of the children.

Schedule A Consultation

Regardless of your legal goals, an experienced lawyer can help you move through the process more quickly and efficiently without going to court. Learn more about your options by scheduling a consultation. I can be reached through an online contact form or by calling 612-568-5967.