Mediation and Other Forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Mediation offers divorcing spouses an opportunity to work with a neutral third party to resolve disputes involving property division, child custody, spousal support, and other legal disputes. In a mediation, divorcing parties, or their attorneys, present their cases to a neutral third party who facilitates the process of reaching an agreement.

Do I Need an Attorney?

Many people see going through mediation and hiring an attorney as an "either/or" proposition. This is not the mindset to take if you want to protect your rights and if you want to get the most out of the mediation process.

Your attorney can prepare you for mediation and let you know what to expect. While the mediator is trained to provide a neutral evaluation, your attorney's interests are aligned with yours. With an advocate watching out for you throughout the process, you can be assured that your rights are protected and the things that are most important to you are kept in the forefront.

Evaluative Mediation

In an evaluative mediation, the third-party neutral assesses the strengths and weaknesses of each party's case and offers a prediction on how the case would likely be decided in court. Evaluative mediation can spur positive developments, including helping divorcing parties let go of unrealistic expectations and unreasonable demands. Evaluative mediation is one of a number of alternative dispute resolution options our firm provides, whether in the role of neutral evaluator or as an advocate for our client in the process.

Advantages of Mediation

Mediation is often faster and less expensive than traditional litigation. It is also typically a more amicable means of resolving disputes and puts more control in the hands of the parties involved.

Sherri L. Krueger is a Rule 114 Qualified Neutral, and listed on the ADR Roster of Qualified Neutrals. Her insight as a neutral gives her a valuable perspective when representing her clients in mediations. She knows firsthand what types of information neutrals find pertinent, because she routinely fills that role.

Ms. Krueger is also trained to provide private early neutral evaluations (ENEs) in both custody and parenting matters as well as for financial issues.

Mediation is only one method of alternative dispute resolution options in Minnesota. Parties can also resolve disputes by means of arbitration, early neutral evaluation or other means, as long as the method is agreed upon by both parties.

If you are facing a divorce or other family law dispute in Minnesota and are looking for a mediator, contact Krueger & Juelich PLLC. We assist you in resolving family law disputes for clients in Minnetonka and throughout the Twin Cities.

Contact us today online or by telephone at 952-373-8564 to arrange your initial consultation with an experienced divorce mediator.