Author Archives: Stacy Wright

What happens when I go to Court for my custody case in Minnesota?

Remember that every judge, referee, or magistrate is different. Although all judicial officers must apply Minnesota statutes and precedential case law, the law recognizes that the best person to make judgments about a witness’s credibility is the judge hearing the … Continue reading

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What is ENE (Early Neutral Evaluation) in Minnesota?

In Minnesota, Early Neutral Evaluation (“ENE”) is described on the Minnesota Judicial Branch website as “a voluntary, confidential, high quality, affordable, prompt, evaluative alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process focused on generating durable settlements. In social ENE (SENE), custody and parenting time issues area addressed.  … Continue reading

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What happens at ICMC (Initial Case Management Conference) in Minnesota?

Most courts in Minnesota are following a model called Early Case Management.  The motivating force behind the model is the Court’s belief that families are much better off, financially and emotionally, if they are able to resolve matters related to their … Continue reading

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Why choose mediation?

Mediation is often encouraged because the agreement is made by the parties.  When people participate in and make their own agreement (as opposed to being ordered by the Court), they are more likely to feel that the agreement is fair … Continue reading

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So, you have selected your mediator, what happens next?

Your mediator should provide you with information about their fees and whether or not a sliding-fee scale is available for low income individuals.  Additionally, you should know whether or not your mediator can accommodate your individual needs like scheduling, telephone … Continue reading

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Can mediation save me money?

For years, I have heard statements touting the benefits of mediation.  You may have heard: “Mediation saves you money.” “Mediation is less expensive than attorneys.” “Mediation is better for your kids.” “If you mediate, you don’t need to have an … Continue reading

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How do I find a mediator?

Mediation may be agreed upon by the parties or required by the court.  Either way, the process usually starts by generating a list of qualified professionals.  The parties might agree upon one name on the list or the list is … Continue reading

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Why do I have to mediate?

Our court system is not equipped to handle all disputes in a contested matter.  Plain and simple, judges are too busy and have too many cases to take the time to have a trial or evidentiary hearing in each case … Continue reading

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What is Mediation?

Simply put, mediation is an opportunity to stay out of court and to resolve your legal issue with the help of an outsider who is not emotionally attached to your dispute. More formally, mediation is a type of Alternative Dispute … Continue reading

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Questionnaires for Clients and Potential Clients of Stacy Wright Family Law & Mediation, Chtd.

Divorce case clients & potential clients who have minor children should fill out this questionnaire: Qsawlaw – Divorce with Kids Paternity case clients & potential clients should fill out this questionnaire: QsawlawKids – Paternity Clients and potential clients who do … Continue reading

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