While divorcing spouses may disagree about the terms of their divorce, they may be able to agree on how they will resolve their disputes. Choosing the right approach to dispute resolution can lead to a less contentious divorce.
Mediation is a method of alternative dispute resolution that uses a neutral third party, called a mediator, to help divorcing couples settle their differences. Unlike a judge, the mediator does not render decisions. Instead, the mediator helps the spouses find common ground and reach compromise solutions. The mediation process is far less formal than litigation or arbitration, both of which involve formal procedures and the presentation of evidence.
The advantages of mediation include:
- Faster settlement
- Less expense
- More amicable interaction
- Less stressful for children
- More leeway to arrive at creative solutions
The attorney’s role in mediation varies depending on the client’s wishes. Clients often have attorneys available for consultation during the mediation sessions, and they usually have the attorneys review the proposed settlement documents. Your mediation attorney will provide legal guidance, protect your interests and make sure you understand your options under Michigan law.
During a divorce, you make decisions that can affect you for many years to come. An experienced law firm will help you make informed choices.