As an attorney and mediator who has practiced in the area of family law for 32 years, I am convinced that a mediated resolution to a divorce is preferable to one imposed by a judge.
By choosing mediation over trial, the process will:
- Allow you more input and control and dictatorial leadership
- Be less adversarial
- Save money
Most importantly, by interjecting fairness, respect and appropriate directness to both parties, a skilled mediator’s resolutions can provide the foundation for a better future for all involved.
For more detailed information about why mediation is the better choice, go to Interesting Info.
Since committing myself to the practice of mediation, I have worked with hundreds of couples. More than 90% of those I have assisted were able to agree on a mediated resolution.
I have represented clients in divorce and other family matters since graduating from Wayne State University Law School in 1985, where I received the American Jurisprudence Book Award in Family Law. In 1998, I participated in the Erikson Institute’s 40-hour divorce mediation training program and continue to regularly attend courses in family mediation and alternative dispute resolution. I have practiced exclusively as a mediator since 2010.
In 32 years of practice I have participated in hundreds of mediations and have handled cases involving every possible issue that might arise during or after a divorce or relationship dissolution.
The Mediation Process
Mediation can occur at any time during the process of separation or divorce. In many Michigan counties the parties are required to go to mediation before they are entitled to a trial in front of a judge. Mediation can begin before separation, before a divorce is filed or any time up to the date of trial.
Agreements are not final until each party has an opportunity to review them with an attorney. I encourage clients to hire an attorney at whatever point is best for them. Clients may choose to bring their attorneys to mediation, meet with their attorneys between mediation sessions to discuss their various options, or opt to only have an attorney to review the final documents.
Depending on the complexity of the issues, mediation can be completed in as little as a few hours or require a series of meetings over weeks or months.
A step-by-step description of the Mediation Process as well as a Mediation Worksheet is available at Interesting Info.
Billing And Fees
My hourly rate is $250. It includes time spent for preparation, conducting the mediation and writing any follow-up reports and Agreements. Payment is due at the time of service. Typically, the fee is divided equally between the parties unless they agree otherwise. On average, mediations typically take between 4 and 8 hours, costing between $1,000 and $2,000.