Category Archives: Mediation

Mediation in a Nutshell

September 19, 2016

What is mediation and why should you care? Minnesota General Rule of Practice 114.02(a)(7) defines mediation as a “forum in which a neutral third party facilitates communication between parties to promote settlement.” See also Minn. Gen. R. Prac. 303.03(c). A “neutral third party” essentially acts as a referee in a participant-motivated conversation where the parties

What to look forward to at mediation or other alternative dispute resolution methods

September 8, 2016

There are other ways of coming to agreements with your ex-spouse outside of court intervention. In Minnesota, parties can choose from a wide variety of alternative dispute resolution options. The most common three are social early neutral evaluations (“SENE”), financial early neutral evaluations (“FENE”), and mediations (facilitative or evaluative). SENE SENEs, or Custody and Parenting

Social Media Advice during Divorce

April 28, 2016

Reviewing and analyzing opposing party’s e-mails, text messages, Facebook posts, Tweets, etc. is part of a family law attorney’s daily job. Strewn about printouts of these posts and Tweets account for much of the paper stacked up on my desk. Every day, I review the printouts to help later prove physical, mental, or social health

Finding the right family attorney for you: what to look for and what should be at the top of your list

January 28, 2016

By: Associate Attorney, Alison Grafsgaard, Esq. Over two million Americans get divorced every year, many of whom have never stepped foot in a courtroom or been involved in litigation. This hurdle, coupled with high emotion inaugurates an interesting and complex relationship between an attorney and his or her client. Building a cooperative relationship from the outset

ABA International Family Mediator Training

December 1, 2013

Partners Valerie Arnold, Scott Rodman, and Zachery Kretchmer attended the American Bar Association’s International Family Mediator Training at The Hotel Rouge in Washington, D.C., during November of 2013. “The American Bar Association is one of the world’s largest voluntary professional organizations, with nearly 400,000 members and more than 3,500 entities.  It is committed to doing what only a national

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