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Divorce mediation is a convenient alternative to the conventional court process in a Michigan divorce. For many couples, mediation is an amicable way to get through their split and save them time and money. It’s important to understand exactly how divorce mediation works and what the options are before you attempt to go this route to finalize the matters in your divorce proceedings.

1. Know what a mediator does.

A mediator is an impartial third party in an informal environment who helps divorcing pairs come to their own solutions about how to break apart the married life they built together. A mediator’s skills are diplomacy, calm, and fairness across the board, to both parties. A mediator is not partial to one spouse or the other. They are wholly impartial and a great asset when couples who truly believed they could get along during their divorce suddenly discover that they need help being civil and fair.

2. Amicability is key.

Many divorces are mutual and amicable. Some divorces are not. You need to know which category you fall into before you attempt to make mediation work for you. If you and your partner are prepared to work together and be diplomatic about all divorce matters, from who gets the house to who gets the dog to how parenting time pans out, then mediation could work.

But it’s important to admit if you know you won’t be able to be diplomatic about all Michigan divorce matters. If you already know there will be multiple sticking points that will make it impossible to have fair and adult disagreements with a reasonable conclusion, mediation may not be the right choice.

3. A mediator is not a lawyer.

A mediator will never be able to replace the legal expertise of a Michigan divorce attorney. By law, mediators cannot give legal advice – even if the mediator is or once practiced as an attorney. A mediator can help you draft parenting plans and other documents, but divorce is still a legally binding contract and you will want a lawyer to review any documentation you develop and you will still have to go to court to finalize your split.

4. Your divorce lawyer may or may not recommend mediation.

Some Michigan divorce lawyers like to add mediation to the divorce process to save themselves time and save their client money. With the help of mediation, a divorce can often be completed more quickly – but only if mediation is advisable and works. If you opt for mediation and the process fails, you’ll have to start all over – and that costs both time and money, not to mention a lot of emotional and mental strain.

5. Mediation can be emotional.

Mediation is all about talking, agreeing, disagreeing, and coming to an amicable decision about the major matters of your ending marriage. That’s a big deal. If you would prefer to keep divorce as businesslike as possible and eliminate an excess of emotion or feelings, the legal process of divorce may be a better choice.

6. Mediation does not automatically save you money.

Many couples pursue mediation because they think this option will save them money. You might come out on top in this department – but you might not. Saving money is not guaranteed. Plus, a mediator cannot give you legal advice about the fairness of your divorce agreement. You want to make sure that whatever financial decisions you come to are financially fair and smart – a mediator does not pass judgment in these areas or offer legal advice.

Is Divorce Mediation Right for Your Split?

Think of a mediator as a referee – they know the rules and are present to enforce them and keep the peace, but you as a couple are expected to know the rules too and come to an amicable decision about the major elements of the marriage that you’re breaking apart.

Learn more about Michigan divorce and mediation. Contact the family law attorneys at Femminineo Attorneys in Macomb, MI, to schedule a meeting.

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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.

Experience

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.

Commitment

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

Flexibility

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

Effectiveness

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.

Tenacity

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.

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