Answering Your Divorce Mediation Questions
Since 1985, our attorneys at the Law Offices of Harris & Literski have sought out positive solutions for Brighton residents struggling with difficult family and domestic issues. We know that family legal disputes are among the most stressful and expensive legal matters to address, which is why we explore all possible options before we give you advice.
Divorce mediation is an option more of our clients are pursuing because it is often a time-saving, economical way to resolve disputes. If you’ve read our mediation page, you are familiar with this approach and benefits. However, it is likely that you have other questions. Please read our answers below to frequently asked mediation questions we hear during client consultations.
What Is The Mediator’s Role?
It is the mediator’s job to facilitate discussion, not to take sides. Our mediators give each spouse an equal amount of time to talk during sessions and encourage parties to clarify their positions by asking follow up questions. Our mediators are attorneys, so they understand Michigan’s divorce laws and can answer questions about these laws throughout sessions.
How Does The Process Work?
During the initial session, the spouses identify issues that have been resolved and others that need to be addressed. In follow-up sessions, the mediator and parties work together to find acceptable solutions. Spouses often gather financial information and present it at sessions to discuss child support or property division issues. Using this information, our attorneys suggest legal remedies that may appeal to both sides.
Sessions continue until parties reach an agreement. If spouses are not able to reach an agreement, they litigate their dispute in court.
Will The Court Enforce The Mediated Agreements?
Once the judge approves your agreement, it is enforceable. If the other party refuses to follow the terms of the agreement, you can file a petition with the court to enforce it. There is a higher rate of compliance with mediated divorce agreements than other agreements because both parties have worked together to find mutually acceptable terms.
Who Is Responsible For Filing Divorce Documents?
Our lawyers are licensed to practice in Michigan, so you can trust us to file your papers with the appropriate agency. We will review your documents before we submit them, ensuring that they are completed correctly.
Do You Have Other Questions? Contact Us For More Information.
Receive an honest evaluation of your options during your free consultation. Please call or email our Brighton office to begin the conversation.