Many family law attorneys promote their aggressive approach to representing clients, which reinforces the message that assertiveness is the key to "winning" a divorce.
At the law office of Janet L. Goehle, Attorney at Law, in St. Paul, Minnesota, we believe that the art of negotiation is infinitely more valuable to family law attorneys and their clients than a penchant for being pushy. My 23-plus years of successful outcomes in the full spectrum of family law issues confirm this approach.
As a St. Paul divorce and family law lawyer, I understand how emotionally taxing divorce can be for all family members. That is why I take a holistic approach to providing legal representation. I aim to reduce stress by proactively dealing with the emotions that cause flare-ups and stalemates between spouses.
Training and Qualifications to Help You Avoid Going to Court Over Children's Issues
As a qualified neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice, I serve as a third party in my role as a mediator (ADR) or in my role as an Early Neutral Evaluator (ENE) who facilitates agreements between divorcing or never-married couples. In these roles, I can help you achieve your objectives and carry on with your life without the need for a prolonged and stressful legal battle. As a mediator, I assist parties in reaching a durable resolution related to children. As a Parenting Time Expeditor (PTE), I use a mediation/arbitration process to enforce, clarify and address parenting time circumstances not specifically addressed by an existing order and to determine whether an existing order has been violated. As a Parenting Consultant (PC), I educate parties regarding child development issues, assist parties in developing communication skills, facilitate agreements between the parties and, if there is no agreement reached, I make decisions regarding any parenting issues, including parenting time. As a custody evaluator or investigator, I make recommendations regarding custody and parenting time. These processes mostly eliminate the need to go to court.
A Uniquely Qualified Minneapolis Child Custody And Support Attorney
I share your concerns about the impact that divorce will have on your children. By finding areas in which you and your spouse or former significant other agree early in the negotiation process, you and I can make progress upon which we can build. I have a knack for getting people to pursue agreements rather than arguments and to respect each other rather than rebut one another.
If an agreement cannot be reached, I am fully capable of protecting your rights in family court regarding custody, parenting time, support, property division and other matters.
I also work with couples as a Social Early Neutral Evaluator (SENE). In this role, I typically meet with both parties and their attorneys, as well as a second court-appointed evaluator. I collect information from both parties regarding their respective child custody and parenting time wishes during a single session and then provide a recommendation regarding custody and visitation (parenting time). The parties then determine whether to accept the recommendation.
It is testament to the effectiveness of the process and my skills and experience that more than 95 percent of couples I work with accept the proposed parenting plan.
Get Answers To Your Questions During A Free Consultation
I offer a free initial consultation in which I can answer many of your questions and recommend the next steps to take. To meet with me, call 651-243-6005 locally or toll free at 800-598-6990, or email my office to schedule an appointment.