Mediation and
Alternative Dispute Resolution

Helping couples and families avoid the cost and stress of contentious court proceedings...

At Eckberg Lammers, our goal is to always deliver the most effective and practical legal representation so we can achieve the most favorable outcome for your specific legal issue. Sometimes that requires filing a lawsuit, which can be time consuming, expensive and emotionally draining. That’s why we’re proud to offer Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as a faster, more cost-effective way to resolve even the most difficult of individual and family conflicts.

Our attorneys, Rule 114 Qualified Neutrals in the state of Minnesota, have the ability to see the “whole” of any given case, identify and negotiate the key areas of contention, and help reach an agreement beneficial to both parties’ interests. We actively assist clients in the following areas:

  • Child support
  • Custody
  • Division of assets & debts
  • Divorce
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Parenting time

From the earliest evaluation of a dispute to binding arbitration, ADR takes many forms and processes. You can rely on Eckberg Lammers to guide you through any or all of them, including:

  • Early neutral evaluation
  • Mediation
  • Non-binding & binding arbitration

If you don’t believe that your case can be resolved through these alternative methods, Eckberg Lammers also provides complete Civil Litigation services.


Choose Eckberg Lammers to help resolve your legal disputes.

Call 651-439-2878 or send us an e-mail to schedule a confidential consultation.


Family Law & Divorce

Mediation Process Question and Answer

HOW DO I SCHEDULE MEDIATION?

You can contact our family law team to initiate the scheduling. We will take your information and answer any questions about the mediation process. Once we have the contact information for all parties we will schedule a convenient time for the mediation.

WHAT DO I DO ONCE MY MEDIATION IS SCHEDULED?

Once the mediation is scheduled, both parties will receive an email with a short information form as well as the Agreement to Mediate. The information form is a fillable PDF we request each party complete and return to our office prior to the mediation date. Information requested includes, custody arrangements, child support, spousal maintenance and division of assets.

The Agreement to Mediate is a required document both parties need to sign prior to mediation. It acknowledges the parties are willing to participate in the mediation process in order to resolve issues in their matter.

HOW LONG IS A TYPICAL MEDIATION SESSION?

Mediation sessions can last three to four hours. Because mediation is a voluntary process, it can end at any time during the session if the mediator, one, or both parties feel they are not going to be able to meet a mutual resolution.

WHAT IS AN ATTORNEY’S ROLE AT MEDIATION?

An attorney’s role is to remain neutral throughout the process. The attorney is not an advocate for either party. However, throughout the process the attorney may offer scenarios for consideration in attempt to reach a mutual resolution.

WHAT IS THE MEETING SPACE LIKE AT YOUR OFFICE?

With five different conference rooms, our office has ample space for mediations. We will discuss the preferred arrangements for the mediation session before beginning. While we do encourage parties to sit together in one room so they can hear all the information at the same time, sometimes it is necessary to separate into different rooms.

WHAT RESOURCES ARE USED TO HELP MEET A RESOLUTION?

When it comes to making financial decisions during mediation, our firm utilizes Family Law Software to run scenarios. The software allows the parties to visually see their financial future instead of guessing or creating unrealistic scenarios. We can run scenarios for child support, spousal support, benefit pension evaluation, property division and/or financial planning. The software is viewed on a TV in one of our two large conference rooms.

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE REACH AND AGREEMENT?

When the parties reach an agreement, we draft the terms of the agreement into a Binding Mediation Agreement. The agreement is signed by all parties and their attorneys. It is then up to the parties individual attorneys to draft and file the appropriate documents with the Court based upon the agreement.


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