Post-decree matters come in all shapes and sizes. Most commonly, a prior order may need to be modified as circumstances have changed, or a party may need to seek enforcement remedies if the other party is not following an order. Rebecca R. Baer is experienced in helping clients in a variety of post-decree matters throughout her career. She will take the time to learn the history of your case and work with you to craft a plan to best achieve the results you desire. Rebecca is a creative problem-solver. She wants to see you attain sustainable outcomes so that your future can be more peaceful.
Child custody and parenting time (previously called “visitation”) can be the most contentious and emotional issues facing a separating couple. Nothing is more precious to you than your child. When separating from the other parent, there is a legitimate fear of not only losing time with your child, but also losing control. Custody and parenting time are addressed in divorces and in cases where parents were never married. Baer Family Law will help protect your interests and legal rights when it comes to your children. When determining custody and parenting time, courts must consider the best interests factors as set forth in Minn. Stat. § 518.17. Rebecca R. Baer will listen to your goals and help you come up with a detailed parenting plan. Rebecca’s extensive experience with custody and parenting time matters allows her to offer creative solutions to your issues. She will also raise issues to you that you may not even realize should be addressed. For this reason, especially, it is most helpful that you hire an attorney with experience and expertise in family law when going through a family law matter.
If you find yourself involved in a family law case, you will likely hear about mediation. Mediation is a common, highly effective form of dispute resolution as an alternative to costly litigation. Mediation uses a trained third-party neutral mediator who assists parties (with or without lawyers) in reaching agreements to resolve their disputes without the need for court. While mediation is a confidential and voluntary process where no one should feel forced into making decisions, it is still challenging as difficult compromises about your finances, children, property, etc. need to be made in order to reach agreements. Legal counsel is not required in mediation, although it is helpful. It is important to understand that while mediators are often attorneys themselves, a mediator does not take the place of an attorney. A family law professional cannot act as an attorney and mediator in the same case.
At Baer Family Law, Rebecca has extensive experience participating in mediation as an attorney to a party and also as a mediator for cases on which she is not involved as a party’s attorney. Rebecca uses her knowledge in both roles to make mediation more effective no matter which role she is taking on in a particular case.
If you are considering Rebecca as your mediator, be assured you will find yourself in a comfortable, judgment-free and pressure-free setting. When acting as a mediator, it is imperative to Rebecca that parties feel they are being heard and treated fairly. However, Rebecca does not believe mediation is about “convincing” the mediator or therapy, and so an efficient, practical approach is also taken. Rebecca’s experience as a family law practitioner allows her, upon request, to provide valuable evaluative feedback to parties in the mediation process. Hearing this type of information from a neutral is often quite helpful in facilitating agreements. Rebecca’s attention to detail ensures that, should you reach mediated agreements, you will be provided with a written document that accurately reflects those agreements. *Ask about Rebecca’s competitive mediation rates, sliding fee scale and willingness to travel.