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The Michigan Divorce Mediation Process

How The Divorce Mediation Process Begins

The mediation process begins with an initial client interview in which the mediator explains the mediation process, gathers information and screens for domestic violence. Mediation takes place in a neutral, conference room like setting. If either party has retained an attorney, the attorney may attend mediation but is not required to do so.

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The Role Of The Michigan Divorce Mediator

The mediator collects information from each party, becomes familiar with the needs of the parties and any children, and the parties form a list of issues they would like to resolve. Parties may agree to mediate any issues related to the divorce process including the division of property, child custody, child support, parenting time schedules, holiday schedules, spousal support, or post-divorce disputes.

Resolving Issues During Michigan Divorce Mediation

The mediator then works with the parties to discuss each issue individually, explore possible options, brainstorm new ideas, and come up with an agreement that best meets the needs of all parties involved. The mediator’s role is to facilitate productive communication, keep the parties on task, help the parties understand the process, reduce stress and aid the parties in making good, informed decisions. A normal mediation session will usually last 4-5 hours, after which, if further time is needed, the mediator will schedule a second session.

The Memorandum of Agreement

Once the parties come to an agreement on one or all of the issues, the mediator will draft a Memorandum of Agreement reflecting the agreement of the parties. The parties may review the Memorandum of Agreement with an attorney. Once signed, the Memorandum of Agreement becomes a binding contract and may be submitted to the court as part of the divorce agreement.