Family Mediation

Mediation During Minnesota Divorce Cases

In almost all Minnesota Divorce and Family Law cases, Mediation (or some other form of Alternative Dispute
Resolution such as SENE or FENE) is used as a means to help the parties resolve some or all contested issues.

The benefits of mediation are well documented in Minnesota, and particularly in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas, where ADR programs were developed as part of the Initial Case Management (ICMC) process for Family Law cases to help parties resolve contested issues at the beginning stages of a case, instead of focusing on the latter stages of a case. Mediation helps to minimize the financial aspects of Divorce, and it yields better results than utilizing litigation to address issues that are very personal and unique to each case.

In Minnesota – Most Cases Do Settle

Mediation can be useful even if you have already attended one or more court hearings and have reached an impasse on contested issues. Very few cases go to trial (approximately 95% of cases settle before a trial).

Attorney and Mediator Randall A. Smith successfully mediates Divorce and Family Law cases involving disputes related to child support, parenting time, division of assets and debts, spousal maintenance (alimony) and post-decree issues (including Appeals).

Mr. Smith also has extensive experience in child custody cases (including cases with unmarried parents), child custody evaluations, issues related to co-parenting, addiction issues, mental health issues and Early Neutral Evaluations.

Associate Attorney Gail E. Mattey earned her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2008, and her Honors B.A in Biological Sciences with a minor in Psychology from the University of Delaware in 2003.  Gail represents clients in a variety of Family Law matters including Divorce, Child Custody and Support Issues, Parenting Time, Property Division, Spousal Maintenance, Family Mediation, and Orders for Protection.

Mediation Areas

Experienced Divorce and Family Mediation assistance is provided in the following areas:

  • Divorce Cases
  • Post-Decree Cases
  • Child Custody Issues
  • Child Support Issues
  • Parenting Time Issues
  • Financial & Tax Issues
  • Spousal Maintenance

Located in the historic Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis, Lake Harriet Law Office provides experienced and personalized legal representation exclusively in the area of Family Law.

Our firm can represent you in Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Parenting Time, Property Division and Spousal Maintenance cases (including complex cases and Family Law Appeals).

We also provide Mediation and Early Neutral Evaluation (SENE and FENE) in Family Law cases.

Lake Harriet Law Office represent Family Law and Divorce clients in Minneapolis, Bloomington, Edina, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Plymouth, Hennepin County, St. Paul, Ramsey County and throughout the Twin Cities.

Please call 612-750-4843, or complete the Contact Us form to schedule a consultation.

Managing Attorney Randall A. Smith 612-750-4843

Associate Attorney Gail E. Mattey 612-223-8925

Student Attorney – Chinyere Okwulehie