Divorce can be a long, contentious process, with spouses battling it out before a judge over a myriad of issues from child custody to property division. Mediation before a third party can often shorten the process and remove much of the disagreement between the spouses, allowing them to negotiate through issues in which they disagree and present the court with a settlement that leads to a quick dissolution of the marriage. Such a mediated case may be in the works for former Minnesota Vikings receiver Ahmad Rashad in his most-recent divorce.
The divorce was filed by Rashad's fourth wife, a wealthy former model. The simplified petition used was one that is often associated with negotiated settlements, and declared that the reason for filing was that the six-year marriage was "irretrievably broken." Issues had been reported in the marriage since January.
Property division for the divorce included a $5 million home that the wife is to retain and a $350,000 home that Rashad will retain. According to a statement from the couple, the two said that they will "jointly" raise their 6-year-old child, which is the woman's granddaughter. The child is the wife's granddaughter by a child from a previous marriage. The mother of the child is deceased, and Rashad and his now-ex-wife were granted legal guardianship. Although they have said they will raise the child together, Rashad gave up his custodial rights in another hearing earlier in the month.
A mediated divorce is a right enjoyed by all Minnesota residents. At any point during the mediation however, either spouse may elect to continue the divorce before a court. This is generally done when an issue arises that the spouses cannot come to an agreement over.
Source: Gossip Extra, "Ahmad Rashad, Sale Johnson File For Divorce," Jose Lambiet, Feb. 15, 2013