Not every divorce has to be a stressful, arduous affair—or even resolved in the courtroom. At Johnson/Turner Legal, we do everything we can to provide clients with premium legal assistance that won't break the bank. Since resolving a divorce out of court is often more cost-effective and less stressful than going to trial, we're firm believers in the power of mediation.
When you work with our firm, you don't just gain access to a mediation lawyer. As our client, you'll gain access to a Minnesota mediation attorney, two paralegals, a client engagement specialist and a life coach. Additionally, we use a flat-fee pricing model—we tell you exactly how much we charge, so you never have to worry about getting hit with hidden fees or extra consultation costs.
There are several benefits to mediation:
At Johnson/Turner Legal, we fully support clients who decide to pursue mediation as an alternative dispute resolution method. It's important to note that the mediator in a divorce cannot give parties legal advice. That's where we come in.
Although mediation can be a less stressful and more cost-effective way to resolve a divorce, it can also be more challenging to defend your rights in mediation. As experienced Minnesota mediation lawyers, we have the tools to help you pursue your best interests throughout the mediation process. We can help you understand the potential ramifications of mediation arrangements so you can reach an equitable solution with your soon-to-be-ex.
In arbitration, the parties agree to hire a third party to hear their case and make a decision. That decision settles the dispute. Because it is technically a settlement, the arbitrator’s decision usually can not be appealed. Exceptions to this might be if the arbitrator decided an issue he or she was not asked to decide or if one party can prove bias on the part of the arbitrator.
In arbitration, each party in a dispute presents the facts and arguments of their case to an arbitrator, who evaluates the information and makes a decision to resolve the dispute. Arbitration can be binding or non-binding, and the parties have to agree to the choice of arbitrator and the scope of his/her binding power prior to the process.
Simply put, arbitration is a process. In a way, it’s like a trial: each side of a dispute presents their case to a decision-maker. Presentations can include witnesses and exhibits. Each side can question the witnesses. For a trial, the decision-maker is a judge or jury. For arbitration, the decision-maker is an arbitrator. If you have an arbitration hearing, the arbitrator will issue his or her decision shortly after the hearing is complete.
But arbitration is different than going to court in some very important ways. For one, it’s usually much faster. After you start the process, the arbitration hearing is usually held within a few weeks. If you are in court, the trial is months or years away. Another difference is that you can’t appeal the arbitrator’s decision. With a few very rare exceptions, whatever the arbitrator orders determines the final outcome.
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