Mediation should be a smooth process that results in a mutually acceptable divorce agreement. However, mediation can be derailed if one or both spouses are not prepared for the process, do not properly disclose all relevant information or refuse to accept the mediator's guidance.
When couples with children divorce and live in different states, establishing custody and visitation becomes problematic. The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) establishes jurisdiction and gives the court the power to make decisions in these interstate situations. Since Minnesota has adopted UCCJEA, divorcing couples with children should be aware of the act's provisions.