Every marriage is different; so is every divorce. Because every divorcing couple has a different dynamic and their own particular needs when it comes to unwinding their marriage, it makes sense to work with divorce attorneys who offer a variety of options to best meet those needs. At Mundahl Law, our divorce attorneys design your divorce process based on your unique circumstances.

Divorce Options for Minnesota Couples

Many attorneys offer divorce according to a “one size fits all” model: litigation. Filing a lawsuit is the most common and best-known way to begin a divorce, but it is not the only way, and often, it is not the best way.

Going through divorce is difficult enough; at Mundahl Law, we are committed to reducing the stress and hostility of the Minnesota divorce process by helping our clients divorce in a way that is best for them. The divorce options we offer include:

Mediation / Early Neutral Evaluation

In mediation, a neutral mediator assists the divorcing parties in identifying and resolving issues. Attorneys may or may not be involved, and the mediator is not allowed to advise either party. The mediator facilitates communication between parties and guides them toward reaching a divorce settlement agreement tailored to their needs. Mediation is a good choice for parties who are motivated to negotiate an agreement but have trouble reaching it on their own. Mediation may not be the best option for couples in which there is a power imbalance, such as with domestic violence.

Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) works well for parties with a higher level of disagreement, but who still desire to settle their differences outside of court. It is similar to mediation in that there is a neutral third-party who facilitates communication between the parties. Here, however, the neutral also provides evaluative feedback as to how the parties may be able to settle their case and what they think a judge would do if the parties cannot reach an agreement.

With an experienced family law attorney at your side, mediation or early neutral evaluation will frequently provide reasonable results at a fraction of the cost, time, and stress that go hand-in-hand with a trial.


Litigation involves filing a court case so that the divorce matter will be assigned to and overseen by a judge. Some litigated divorces end in trial, though the vast majority settle at some point before trial. Litigated divorce may be a good option for couples who want the structure of the court process, who prefer communicating through their attorneys, or if there is a serious power imbalance in the marriage.

Joint Petition for Dissolution of Marriage

A Joint Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is also known as an uncontested divorce. This may be a good, efficient option for couples who do not have children or significant assets and who agree on all issues relating to their divorce. However, it is still recommended for parties to an uncontested divorce to sit down with an attorney before signing an agreement to make sure they understand all the implications of that agreement.

Experienced Maple Grove, MN Divorce Attorneys

The attorneys of Mundahl Law are experienced in all of the divorce processes identified above. We take the time to listen to you to gain an in-depth understanding of your needs and goals in divorce. We pride ourselves on helping our clients divorce in the least contentious and most dignified way possible. However, we understand that sometimes the only way to achieve a just result is to advocate in court for it, and we are committed, above all, to doing whatever is necessary to help you achieve the outcome you need in your divorce.

Let Mundahl Law help you move forward into the future you deserve. Located in Maple Grove, Mundahl Law serves Hennepin County and the surrounding areas of Minnesota, including St. Michaels, Otsego, and Buffalo. We invite you to contact Mundahl Law online or via phone at (763) 575-7930. We look forward to working with you.

Filing for Divorce Yourself

Do you need a divorce, but hesitate filing for divorce yourself and at the thought of either incurring huge legal bills or going it alone? Do you feel that you could handle many aspects of the divorce process yourself, but that you would still want s… Read More

Divorce Without Children

Divorce for couples without children can involve its own special challenges, especially for professional couples who have accumulated significant assets during the marriage. Whether or not you have children, the end of your marriage is a difficult lo… Read More

Divorce for Small Business Owners

For self-employed Minnesota professionals and small business owners, divorce poses a unique set of challenges. How will the business be managed during the divorce process? Will the necessary sharing of financial information with a spouse during divor… Read More

High Asset Divorce

All divorces carry the potential for significant conflict, but when the marriage involves extensive or complex assets, the likelihood of conflict goes up, driving the emotional and financial cost of the divorce up with it. At Mundahl Law, we understa… Read More