September 24, 2016

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How Do I Get the Other Side to Mediate In Minnesota Custody or Divorce Case?

Minnesota Court orders for divorces and other Minnesota family law matters most always include a mediation provision. The mediation provision sets out a requirement that both parties in the legal proceeding must attempt mediation before either of them may return to Court.  The foregoing exempts emergency situations. Simply stated- if Party A wants to modify parenting […]

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January 8, 2016

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How Do You Draft a Minnesota Parenting Plan for Divorce, Custody, and Parenting Time?

  Minnesota divorces, custody disputes, or parenting time issues can be emotional, stressful, and may appear insurmountable. But, you and the other parent have a shared obligation to create the best possible loving environment for your children at both residences.    Mutually drafting a co-parenting plan is one way to address how you are going to co-parent to […]

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October 5, 2015

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Do parents in a Minnesota divorce or child custody case have to mediate?

 If parents or parties cannot agree,  then mediation is required under Minnesota Rules with a few exceptions. Mediation in a  Minnesota divorce, child custody, or other family law dispute is a settlement process under the general title Alternative Dispute Resolution  in Minnesota. Rule 310 of Minn. General Rules of Practice entitled Alternative Dispute Resolution ( ADR) […]

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April 15, 2015

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Access to Minnesota Mediation and the Call for Reduced Fees and Better Access for Parties

All Minnesota divorces and other family law matters are referred to mediation by the Court system.  Only cases involving domestic violence are exempt.  Every divorce decree or family law order has a mediation provision requiring that the parties mediate a post-decree or post-order dispute before returning to court.  The only exception to the foregoing is an […]

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February 2, 2015

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Mediation for Minnesota Elders and Their Families

Statistics show that almost 63% of families give caretaking at some level to an elderly relative or friend.  These are families who provide assistance and care without the aid of any County or State.  The level of care can range from transportation to daily personal care and needs.   What is appropriate in mediation relative to […]

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