A Less Stressful Approach To Divorce

In his more than 20 years in the practice of law, attorney Paul Overson, of Coodin & Overson, PLLP, has repeatedly seen the stress the divorce process can place on families, often making it difficult for ex-spouses to even see each other at the future graduations or weddings of their children. For many families, divorce mediation is a better route to divorce. Believing his calm demeanor and even temperament can assist in resolving divorces amicably, Paul Overson became a Minnesota divorce mediation attorney/mediator. He has received extensive training and is registered with the Supreme Court of Minnesota as a qualified neutral under rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice.

Achieve Your Goals Through Divorce Mediation

As a mediator, Mr. Overson acts as an impartial, neutral facilitator, helping divorcing couples in their housing decisions, division of their assets and debts, spousal maintenance where indicated, child support, and in arriving at a child custody/parenting plan in the best interests of the children. The parties can be open about their positions and concerns in divorce mediation, because what is said in mediation stays there. That is, no one can be called to testify about what occurred in the mediation.

Understanding the Divorce Mediation Process

The mediation starts with the divorcing spouses and Mr. Overson going over the mediation process and sharing information, goals and concerns about the divorce process and the clients' anticipated post-divorce lives. With Mr. Overson acting as a guide and ensuring fair participation by both spouses, the divorcing couple works toward agreement on all of the issues in the divorce, from division of property to child custody.

A mediated divorce settlement is normally accomplished in two or three 3-hours several three-hour sessions. If agreement is reached, Mr. Overson writes up a memorandum of understanding that recites the terms of the divorce settlement in detail. The memorandum of understanding follows the same format as a typical marital termination agreement, and can easily be converted into a binding court order. Most parties then have the agreement forwarded to their attorney(s) to have it used as the basis for the drafting of the final court order.

Other Family Mediation Services

Mediation is also a useful tool for divorced parents who have post-decree modification disagreements regarding child custody, support, and other issues. Paul Overson is available to assist on a post-decree basis as well.

When Mr. Overson is not serving as their neutral mediator, he is capable of providing legal advice to clients facing divorce. Utilizing his experience as divorce lawyer and mediator, he is equipped to evaluate a situation and help clients decide if mediation is right for them. If the couple chooses divorce mediation, Mr. Overson can review the memorandum of understanding and draft the final divorce settlement agreement.

To learn more about the benefits of divorce mediation, read our mediation article.

Call 651-319-5180 for a Free Consultation

To learn more about divorce mediation, call Paul Overson, of Coodin & Overson, PLLP, to ask him about his divorce mediation services. He will be happy to set up a free initial consultation to sit down with both spouses, answer their preliminary questions and address their preliminary concerns, and start the mediation process if both parties agree.

Located in Lake Elmo, Coodin & Overson, PLLP, advises and represents clients throughout the Twin Cities and Minnesota. Mr. Overson provides mediation services throughout the St. Paul/Minneapolis metropolitan area.