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Divorce Mediation in Michigan
Michigan allows divorcing couples to resolve their disputes through mediation as an alternative to the conventional court process. Whether divorce mediation in Michigan is the right choice for a couple, however, depends on many factors, particularly a pair’s willingness to have an amicable divorce and agree about all financial and custody matters.
How Does Divorce Mediation Work?
Mediation is great for some divorcing couples and unadvisable for others. If you fit into any of the following categories, mediation could be successful:
- You have mutually agreed to divorce.
- You can work together.
- You are prepared to be diplomatic about all divorce matters.
- You can disagree in a fair and adult way.
- You both have a full understanding of your financial situation.
- Your spouse hasn’t lied to you about important matters.
A mediator is an impartial third party in an informal environment who helps divorcing couples come to their own solutions about how to break apart their marriage and life. The skills of a mediator are valuable when the couples who thought they could be civil with each other suddenly can’t be, when the reality of divorce smacks people in the face and they begin to pick apart every belonging, piece of property, and especially the logistics of child custody and parenting time.
Can a Mediator Replace a Divorce Lawyer?
An experienced mediator is a valuable tool for many divorcing couples. A mediator can often make it possible for a couple to divide their union amicably. But a mediator cannot and will never be able to replace the legal expertise of a divorce attorney. Divorce is a legally binding contract and you want to make sure you make all the right decisions along the way – but mediators are not able to give legal advice, even if the mediator is an attorney.
Some Michigan divorce attorneys appreciate mediation – adding this element to the traditional divorce process saves the lawyer time and their client money. In some situations, a divorce can be completed more quickly with the help of a mediator. Some divorcing couples, however, don’t want to risk it. If mediation should fail, you’ll have to start all over with a divorce lawyer anyway.
Is Divorce Mediation Always a Good Decision?
Divorce is an emotionally charged experience. There will be a lot of ups and downs to mentally cope with, and people who wish to eliminate all emotion from divorce are better served by avoiding mediation and opting for the legal process of divorce only. That legal barrier removes emotion from the proceedings and helps divorce happen more efficiently.
Some couples pursue mediation because they believe this option will save them money in the long run. It might, but that isn’t a guarantee. If you choose mediation, don’t do it in lieu of a divorce attorney’s help but along with their advice. A mediator cannot give the kind of legal advice you need to feel like your divorce has been properly settled, nor is a mediator qualified to advise you on whether your divorce agreement is fair.
Yes, a mediator can help you draw up everything from a custody agreement to a parenting time schedule, but you always want a divorce attorney to review the documents before they’re filed with the court. A Michigan divorce lawyer will see any holes in your settlement and has the legal expertise to immediately recognize whether your best interests are protected.
Learn More About Mediation from a Michigan Divorce Lawyer
Your Michigan divorce lawyer wants to save you money, help your divorce proceed amicably, and move the process through the legal system as quickly as is allowed. If mediation is an option for you, your divorce attorney will let you know.
Ask all your questions about mediation and divorce. Schedule a free initial consultation with Femminineo Attorneys in Macomb County, Michigan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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