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The Michigan Divorce Mediation Process Explained

Divorce mediation is a process in which an impartial intermediary helps disputing parties find mutually agreeable solutions to their differences resulting in a binding agreement between the parties. In this process, a neutral mediator works with people to discuss all of the issues related to their conflict, to explore possible options for settlement and to identify solutions that best meet the needs of each person involved. Mediation can take place at any stage in a situation, including prior to the filing of a case, during divorce proceedings, or after the dissolution of the marriage. Mediation is designed for couples that have numerous differences as well as couples that agree on most issues.

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The Michigan Divorce Mediation Process – We Travel To You

There may be times during the mediation process where parties may be encouraged to consult with a subject matter expert such as an attorney or financial expert. Parties may opt to bring attorneys to mediation but are not required to do so. However, each party is encouraged to have an attorney or financial expert with whom to confer if he or she feels necessary. Once the issues have been resolved and an agreement reached, the mediator will draft a Memorandum of Agreement. The matter may then proceed through the court system as an uncontested matter. Because a mediator is a third party neutral, parties are encouraged to consult with an attorney to learn their legal rights and responsibilities and have the Final Memorandum of Agreement reviewed. Learn More

Advantages of Michigan Divorce Mediation

There are numerous advantages to mediation. The process minimizes the adverse effects of divorce on children by allowing the parties to dissolve the marriage and reorganize the family according to their own terms. It provides a neutral environment in which parties can vent feelings openly and discuss options, thereby helping couples work past anger and conflict and toward a common goal. Mediating couples have a better understanding of the terms contained in the divorce agreement because all solutions reached must be agreed upon by both parties. This process generates a sense of equality amongst parties and also encourages post-divorce cooperation. Mediation also avoids the public display of private issues.

Divorce Mediation In Michigan – Time and Costs

Mediations vary in complexity and therefore the length of time it takes to reach a settlement varies. However, the average mediation usually takes about two, four-five hour sessions. Cost is based on an hourly rate for meetings and document preparation.