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.

 

 

 

HOW MEDIATION WORKS

1) Introductions – The Mediation Advantage mediator will explain, in detail, the steps involved in the mediation process. The most important part of this introduction is to ensure both parties feel comfortable, that they understand the whole process is voluntary, and that mediation is for the benefit of both parties. You don't have to be a great negotiator. The Mediation Advantage will make sure that everything that needs to be addressed is covered, and that nothing is left to chance. The rule of confidentiality, under which all parties including the mediator are bound, will be thoroughly explained.


2) Statement of Issues – Each party will provide an opening statement of their issues and positions. This gives the mediator an insight into the issues to be discussed and the resolutions to be sought. Note: it is recommended the mediator has this information for review, prior to the meeting. This effort will save you time and money.


3) Bargaining and Generating Options – Typically after opening statements, the mediator will  openly discuss the issues and, as needed, separate the parties into separate rooms so as the mediator will have  a confidential meeting with each side to discuss the parties priorities, and possible resolution of the various issues.  All meetings are kept in the strictest of confidence and only those communications allowed by a party can be repeated to the other party by the mediator. 


4) Gathering Information - Summarizing often to keep everyone up to speed, your mediator will ask questions of both parties to better build a dialogue and understanding of the issues and positions. Common goals will be discovered and your mediator will assist in the discussion of your issues and how best to resolve those issues. Step by step, decisions are made. Sometimes during Divorce Mediation, other professional services are needed.  A list of professional referrals is available including accountants, lawyers, financial planners, clergy,  psychotherapists and child psychologists.     


5) Reaching an Agreement – Through these discussions, the mediator will assist the parties to come to some common ground where resolution of the issues can be reached.  With the complete resolution of the issues a mediation agreement to be signed by all the parties and to be binding resolution of the parties will be prepared and executed or after mediation, an attorney, with your consent, will draft the legal agreement which becomes a binding contact. The cost for a mediated settlement, including the cost of attorney review, is usually less than one third of a traditionally litigated settlement because you, and not your lawyers, are doing the negotiating.

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