A Minnesota Family Law Attorney with Mediation Experience

In mediation, the parties reach a compromise solution to their family law situation with the assistance of a mediator. Attorney Kathleen E. Rusler O’Connor, is a Rule 114 qualified mediator and provides mediation services for parties representing themselves or for those represented by attorneys.  She also uses her mediation training when she represents clients in mediation. Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution.


Why Choose Mediation or Alternative Dispute Resolution?

First, the Minnesota Court rules make all family law actions subject to Alternative Dispute Resolution. Mediation is one of those processes and requires that all cases that do not involve domestic abuse consider what type of Alternative Dispute Resolution is appropriate for the case.

Second, Mediation gives parties the control, with needed assistance from a professional, to make the legal decisions regarding your case. If you place the dispute in the hands of the court, a judge will make decisions for you. In most cases, you have to live with that decision.

Third, in mediation, both parties are more likely to adhere to the terms of the agreement if they have ownership of it.

What Can You Expect from Mediation?

Mediators act as a confidential, neutral third party that facilitates the discussions between the parties.

While the Court does not require Alternative Dispute Resolution when there has been domestic abuse, if the parties desire to attempt mediation, it can sometimes work when there are appropriate safeguards such as staggered arrival times and separate rooms.

Why Hire Attorney Kathleen O’Connor?

With years of experience in Minnesota family law, attorney Kathleen O’Connor is knowledgeable, compassionate, and ready to assist you in seeing beyond the conflict in making your own decisions about the future.

Call today to schedule a free consultation: 952.529.1961