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No matter how amicable your split, no matter how much you and your ex agree to get along for the sake of the kids, there will inevitably arise a sticking point in your divorce. You will disagree about how something – or several things – should be settled. When this happens and divorce negotiations reach a stalemate, divorce arbitration can be your best friend.

Benefits of Michigan Divorce Arbitration

Both divorcing parties and their respective attorneys meet with the arbitrator who is presented with the difficult issues and then conducts a hearing. As alternative dispute resolutions go, divorce arbitration can be incredibly helpful to divorcing couples. Here are just five reasons why:

  1. Avoid court: Arbitration saves you from having to go to trial to settle a difficult issue that has arisen in your Michigan divorce proceedings. By going to arbitration, you avoid court, interactions with the judge, and instead agree to abide by the judgment of the arbitrator.
  2. Legally binding: An arbitrator acts like a third-party judge. He or she hears the dispute in your divorce case and renders a decision by which both parties must abide. The result of arbitration is legally binding, just like any courtroom decision would be.
  3. You set the terms: When you are at the mercy of the court and a judge’s availability, you must be where they say you should be when they tell you to be there. In arbitration, you have control over the date, time, and place of the proceedings, so it is more convenient to all parties involved. You also get to choose the arbitrator who is most suited to the matter you’re debating, define the procedure that is followed, and give the arbitrator a deadline to render his or her decision.
  4. Privacy: Any matter that is discussed in arbitration is done so privately, unlike a hearing in a public courtroom. Any documents related to arbitration are not available to the public like other family court documents. This fact is often great motivation for a divorcing pair who wants to keep their business private.
  5. Final: Any matter decided in arbitration can usually not be appealed, unlike matters decided in court. This is a pro and a con, depending on whether you get what you want out of the arbitration. Ultimately, decisions decided through arbitration require the parties to accept the award rendered and move on from the matter to keep their divorce on track. The last thing anyone wants is to drag out the divorce more than necessary.

Divorce Arbitration or Mediation?

Divorce mediation also involves a third party – a mediator, instead of an arbitrator. This person assists in negotiating all the terms of a divorce to make sure both parties get a fair outcome. The mediator, however, does not have any legal authority to render any judgments, nor can they give legal advice.

In short, choosing mediation can help you have an amicable divorce, but you still need the help of a divorce attorney, and you may want the assistance of an experience arbitrator, especially when you reach an impasse in your divorce proceedings.

Ready to learn more about arbitration and Michigan divorce? Contact the family law attorneys at Femminineo Attorneys in Macomb, MI, to schedule a meeting.


What makes us the right divorce attorneys for you?

Family Law Expertise

Most lawyers are in a general practice and do some of everything. One of our main focuses is on Family law and being expert at divorce, custody and support matters.

Strong Relationships

We are in court daily, working with the family court judges, their staff and clerks, the Friend of the Court office, the Bar Association and other attorneys working in this area. We pride ourselves on fighting hard for our clients while working well with everyone.


Our extensive experience and strong relationship with the courts and our peers leads many judges and attorneys to hire us to act as Mediators in other Family Law cases. Make no mistake; having a strong working relationship with the court can have a massive impact on your case. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and are in trial regularly against the best in the business. We see the judges every week and maintain strong ties with their staff.

We Care

Although every attorney can “handle” your case, Femminineo Attorneys cares about you and your family. We work extremely hard to keep this difficult process civil and to shelter your children from as much of the negative facets as possible.


Once your case is concluded, we will be there to help you with any post-judgment problems that may arise.


Everyone’s financial situation is different and we work with our clients to formulate a fee arrangement that works within your means.


We have handled every possible situation involving domestic law. We will do everything possible to wrap up your case in a timely manner, avoiding delays that cause unnecessary legal fees.


When your case cannot be easily solved, we will fight hard and use all of our resources to win. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and we regularly win cases against the best in the business at trial.

Expert Staff

Unlike many attorneys who have a part-time typist and work 30 hours a week, we have an expert staff available all day long to assist you and provide immediate service. We are available to our clients 24 hours a day through our hot line at 586-854-3654.

Personal Service

At Femminineo Attorneys, your case will be handled by an experienced family law attorney. Each of our attorneys in our family law division has many years of experience in handling family law matters.

We encourage you to see these differences for yourself and call today to speak with one of our partners or schedule a free consultation at our office.

During traditional business hours, please call us at: (586) 954-9500

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