Mediation

In mediation, the couple hires a trained, impartial person to help them resolve disputes.

The mediator acts as a guide, encouraging communication and writing agreements.

The mediation process is not adversarial. Both parties come to understand the issues and develop creative solutions. Most importantly, the parties stay in control rather than placing their fates in the hands of the court system.

Usually, through mediation, parties reach an agreement more quickly and economically. Mediated divorce agreements are more likely to be followed than court-imposed settlements.

Mediation can work for couples who have decided to divorce and couples who want a separation but are unsure about divorce.

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*Courtesy of Nicholas Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach and Buiteweg, P.C.

Prepared from information by the Michigan Council for Family and Divorce Mediation