Domestic Mediation
Private Mediation


Oakland County Court Appointed 
Domestic  Mediator


Offices in Farmington Hills, Southfield,
Bloomfield Hills , Berkley
Phone: 248-821-3103
Email
info@themediationadvantage.com
Website
www.themediationadvantage.com




About  Divorce Mediation- As you enter the next stage of your life your family matters continue to impact you and your children’s lives. The function of Mediation is to simplify your family matters in the most productive and beneficial way possible for all. Divorce Mediation aims at reducing tensions, not increasing it in a non-adversarial forum. Divorce Mediation is for people who want to retain control over the decisions that affect their lives as well as not wanting their children caught in the middle. The average mediation time is 3-10 hours, taking into consideration your financial circumstances and cooperation.  Sessions are scheduled for two hours each and are usually a week or two apart.  Avoid the costly, nerve-wracking legal system. Divorce mediation gives you the chance to try before committing an exorbitant amount of time and money to the courtsThe Mediation Advantage will guide you through aspects of your pre- and post- divorce issues We facilitate productive communication, assist the mediation to stay on task , offer options, strategies and resolutions and minimize consequences- to be mutually acceptable- which best serve the needs for  both of you and your children. Through extensive training and experience, mediators can suggest creative solutions to problems that the parties may have considered "unsolvable". Divorce Mediators deal with every issue involved in the dissolution of a marriage: Distribution of Marital Property and Debts, Child Custody, Vistitation, Child Support issues, and Spousal Support..Mediation is also for couples who do not have children, or whose children are grown.

    1.  Mediation is a very sensible option as long as you are reasonable, willing and able to cooperate for the sake of your families new and ever changing circumstances. Fighting, arguing, and blaming each other in a marriage or similar relationship can lead to more of the same while trying to resolve the issue. The consequences of continuing in this manner can include protracted litigation, increasing costs, a reduced standard of living, and significant damage to your children's emotional health.  What kind of divorce do you want? Some people want to go in guns blazing. There are a LOT of attorneys who just love clients like that because they know they can make a lot of money off of you. Mediation is NOT for you, if you seek revenge, control,  involved in domestic violence, and hidden marital assets.  We do not give legal advice.  We recommend attorneys who can review your case and determine the legalities of your circumstances. In addition we assist you with accountants , clergy and therapists as needed.

      Mediation is a very sensible option as long as you are reasonable, willing and able to cooperate for the sake of your families new and ever changing circumstances. Fighting, arguing, and blaming each other in a marriage or similar relationship can lead to more of the same while trying to resolve the issue. The consequences of continuing in this manner can include protracted litigation, increasing costs, a reduced standard of living, and significant
    damage to your children's emotional health.
damage to your children's emotional health.

 

 

 

FAQ's

What Will it Cost?

In a typical case, parties can expect to pay a mediator between $590.00 -  $2000.00. This includes their mediation sessions, preparation of the Marital Settlement Agreement, excessive short e-mails/phone calls and paperwork.  Court fees are usually about $195, but vary . The mediation sessions are paid for through an initial retainer fees and in advance for additional time as estimated by the mediator..
The cost of each party's attorney for consulting and to review the agreement and judgment is in addition to the cost mentioned here.

Is Mediation Cheaper Than Using Lawyers to Handle a Divorce?

Many lawyers charge a retainer fee  starting at $5,000 for most average cases, and bill the client for services in addition to the time covered by the retainer. The retainer amount will be substantially more in complex cases, so the cost of mediation from beginning to end can be less than the combined retainer fees would be if the parties hired lawyers to handle the divorce.
Typical divorce costs can run two to ten times higher than the mediation cost. Also, keep in mind that "cost" not only means dollars spent but the emotional cost to the parties and their children who go through litigated divorces. This emotional cost is greatly reduced by the mediation process.

Will our Agreement be Enforceable?

Once an agreement has been signed, that agreement is enforceable, however usually a judgment based on the agreement is prepared and filed with the court, and is just as enforceable as any other divorce judgment.

Should I See a Lawyer During Mediation?

Mediation is not a substitute for the services of a qualified attorney. Both parties are encouraged to obtain independent legal advice during the mediation process, and to have their lawyer review the agreement before it is signed. Even when the mediator is a lawyer, he/she cannot give either party legal advice.

What if My Case is Too Complicated for Mediation?

No case is too complicated to be settled using mediation. Frequently the parties in mediation consult with outside experts such as accountants, appraisers, financial planners and attorneys during the process.

What Does it Mean When You Say Mediation is Confidential?

State law says that no one, not even the two parties, can use what is said in mediation as evidence in court. What happens in mediation is as confidential as settlement negotiations between parties and their lawyers.

What if We Can't Agree on All Issues?

It is fairly rare to agree on all but one or two issues, but even if that is the case mediation is seldom wasted. An agreement can be prepared on all settled issues, and the parties can either litigate the remaining issues or take further time to think about them and come back to mediation.

We Don't Get Along Well - How Can We Possibly Mediate?

Although many mediating couples are amicable and work well in mediation, there are also many couples who are very emotional about the divorce and don't think they can negotiate face to face. Part of every qualified mediator's training is in assisting couples who have high emotions but who still would like to work things out peacefully. People do calm down and become effective mediation participants when they see that the process can work without adding to the high emotional and financial cost of divorce.

My Spouse is Very Powerful - How Can I Hope to Be Successful in Mediation?

The mediator will not allow one party to overpower the other in mediation. If one of the parties is unable to be effective during this process, the mediator will stop the mediation. However, many persons who considered themselves to be the "weaker" of the two spouses have been quite effective in mediation. As an unsophisticated spouse of a very powerful business executive once said, "I have the power to say no, and my spouse better listen or we'll wind up in court."
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