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Qualified Neutral under Minnesota Court Rule 114 for Mediation and Arbitration



Reducing Expense, Time, and Grief in Divorce

It is a common complaint that dissolution of marriage (divorce) can become unjustifiably prolonged, expensive, and bitter. Families involved in a divorce usually benefit from a quicker process which resolves the issues so that the parties can move on with their lives.

Exploring ways to minimize unnecessary expense and conflict in divorce is one goal of the Hasselbrink Law Office.

Whenever possible, the adults should cooperate in preparing and turning over documents relating to the property, income, and other issues involved in the divorce. Parties who achieve this step can save time and money otherwise lost on court motions and conferences.

Each of the parties should develop realistic ideas about division of property and debts. After the process is completed, parties frequently regret time and money spent arguing over household furnishings, for example.

Parties should ask their attorneys to help frame the issues in light of the bigger picture of getting the matter completed. Parties who are focused on evening the score can easily overlook the value of reaching a conclusion.

Parties should recognize that they often come to the divorce with unequal frames of reference. For example, one party may be more ready to sever the relationship, while the other may be more attached to the household furniture. One may place more value on current income while the other may place greater value on working toward future goals. Such differences create options for arriving at an acceptable resolution.

Choose an attorney who respects your time, and exercise respect for the attorney's time as well. A large portion of your work will involve accumulating and organizing information in minute detail. This includes information such as: records of income, property, debts, and expenses; time schedules; dates, ages, and other identifying information. Accept the fact that this will require a great deal of work on your part, give this a high priority, and complete it as quickly as possible. Your attorney can aid by providing useful forms for preparing the information. This is one example of how mutual understanding of your roles can aid in moving the matter along quicker and with less expense.

Divorce with Dignity is a non-technical term generally referring to an approach where the parties seek resolution of the issues with no or minimal resort to court hearings and contentious procedures. In my experience, many couples can benefit from this approach, and I often provide these services for clients.

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Once you have thought through these issues, contact our office for a confidential, no-charge discussion of your situation. If it is a matter we can undertake, then we will send a worksheet for your use in organizing the important information, and arrange for a personal appointment.

With more than 20 years of family law experience, in central Minnesota and the Metro counties, we offer personal attention and a creative approach to these important matters.

Never attempt to handle a dissolution without an attorney.


** ALWAYS HAVE AN ATTORNEY REPRESENT YOU IN THESE IMPORTANT AND COMPLEX MATTERS. **


GERALD HASSELBRINK, Attorney at Law
of the Minnesota Bar and United States District Court
Qualified Neutral under Minnesota Court Rule 114 for Mediation and Arbitration

INDEPENDENT, CONFIDENTIAL, LEGAL SERVICES
PRACTICING FAMILY LAW AND COOPERATIVE DIVORCE IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA
MEDIATION, ARBITRATION, AND OTHER PRIVATE DISPUTE RESOLUTION THROUGHOUT MINNESOTA


St. Cloud - St. Joseph, Minnesota
Phone (320) 251-0222 | (320) 363-0414

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