What is mediation?

Mediation is an extremely effective means of dispute resolution.
A mediator is a neutral third-party who works with clients to creatively and effectively resolve differences. The goal of mediation is for parties to work together to devise a solution that is “do-able and durable”. Mediation sessions take place between parties and the mediator, with or without attorneys present.

Mediation is confidential.
If parties are unsuccessful in resolving their differences through mediation, the issues and ideas expressed in mediation are not admissible in court. Because the process is confidential, parties can feel free to discuss matters honestly and propose solutions without fear of repercussions.

Mediation puts you in the driver's seat.
A mediator is not empowered to make decisions about your future. If mediation is successful, the mediator prepares a mediation summary which the parties' attorneys utilize to prepare the final court papers. The attorneys review the summary with their clients and the terms of the agreement are put in proper legal form and submitted to the court.

“Kristi's willingness to listen, followed by strong and steady legal advice delivered with gentle empathy results in a calm and reassuring discussion. She brings clarity to the process, lays out a plan for moving forward that is right for your specific situation and allows you to move at your own comfortable pace.”
—Pat B., Mediated Divorce

Kristi has completed extensive mediation training and is a qualified neutral under Minnesota Supreme Court
Rule 114.