Divorce Mediation in Michigan – An Alternative Dispute Resolution Process
I work closely with clients who wish to resolve their divorce disputes through family law mediation rather than going through the adversarial and costly process of divorce litigation. Through mediation, couples facing divorce find much more peace, and have much more control over the outcome by working to shape solutions that work for them.
I encourage you to see the benefits of mediation for yourself.
Contact me about divorce mediation in Michigan, or call 248.608.4123, to discuss this highly constructive, amicable alternative to divorce litigation.
I am not a mediator, but I am an attorney who is deeply committed to this process. I am very familiar with the mediators practicing in Oakland, Macomb, Genesee and Wayne Counties.
Mediators are fair, highly trained third parties who know how to see the issues on both sides, and can tremendously help communications between a husband and wife for the benefit of the children's well being, as well as each spouse.
The Process of Divorce Mediation in Michigan
First, both parties must agree to work with a mediator. The mediator is usually hired and paid by both spouses. The mediator may or may not be an attorney, and does not represent either party in the divorce. Instead, the mediator is a neutral facilitator who is trained in the process of working with both sides to a divorce.
The mediator's purpose is to identify solutions that meet the needs of each person involved in the divorce. The mediator discusses and clarifies the issues in conflict, and explores many options for settlement with both parties.
Divorce mediation in Michigan is highly confidential. Every issue of concern between the parties may be addressed during mediation, including parenting time, custody, spousal support and distribution of property.
The mediator will not impose a solution, but instead helps both parties create their own solutions. These solutions can be very tailored to different, unique situations – and such solutions may not be attainable through arbitration or divorce court.
When both parties have voluntarily reached a resolution, a divorce settlement agreement is drawn up and reviewed by the court. Divorce mediation in Michigan is enforceable in court, should your spouse fail to honor the divorce settlement agreement.
My Role as Your Attorney in Mediation
I will represent you during mediation, acting as your legal advisor. I will assist you in the preparation of documents, make certain that you understand the legal issues, and provide legal guidance to help with your decision-making. When agreements are reached in mediation, I will make sure the settlement language accurately reflects your wishes. I will be involved in the preparation of the final divorce settlement documents required for the Court.
Many attorneys do not possess a high comfort level with the mediation process. I firmly believe in mediation as an excellent means for many families to successfully resolve their conflicts and move forward with their lives.
I strongly advise that couples considering divorce mediation in Michigan have an experienced divorce lawyer representing them on the matter. Even though it is Mediation and not Litigation, the issues at hand carry the same tremendous impact upon you and your children's futures. If the facts and issues of law are not properly placed before the court, the results could turn out quite different from what you intended.
There are cases when mediation may not be appropriate, such as situations where domestic violence, mental illness, or substance abuse is involved.
I represent clients throughout southeast Michigan in divorce mediation and arbitration. If you are considering alternative dispute resolution, contact me today to discuss how I may help you. You will also find more information about divorce mediation in Michigan in our Free Resources. We service divorce clients in all of Oakland County, Michigan including Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, Birmingham, Detroit, Birmingham, and Troy.