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Q: My attorney tells me that I have a mediation coming up. I don’t know what to expect. Can you give me a general rundown of the process?

A: Mediations are not all the same, but most of them follow a general format that is somewhat predictable.  If your attorney was involved in choosing the mediator, which is u… Read More
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Q: What is separate property?

A:  The concept of separate property is often an issue in divorce cases, whether the parties have been married for a brief time or for many years.  As a general rule, everyt… Read More
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Q: I have a mediation coming up. What should I do to prepare?

A: Mediation will be most effective if you have a clear picture of your overall financial situation and, if you have children, try to have a proposed parenting time plan in pl… Read More
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Q: My case has been assigned to mediation and my attorney tells me we are required to select a mediator. What are some things I should be aware of before I discuss selection of a mediator with my attorney?

A:  I often tell my clients that it really does not matter that much who mediates the case. What really matters is that the parties have gathered their information and are wi… Read More
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Q: We recently went to mediation and settled most of the issues in our divorce. However, my wife is being stubborn about personal property. She says that we need to place a dollar value on everything and that the values must be equal when we divide our stuff. I think this is a big hassle, and would rather not waste my time on this. How does the court look at personal property division in a divorce?

A:  As I am sure you can imagine, personal property is one of those issues that many Family Court judges would rather not get involved  in.  If it all possible, it is far p… Read More
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Q: My attorney tells me we have a settlement conference coming up in my divorce case. We already went to mediation, but were not successful in settling the case. What is the settlement conference all about?

A: The settlement conference is generally your last formal opportunity to settle your case. At the settlement conference, the parties and their attorneys meet at the courthous… Read More
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Q: I would like to mediate my case rather than going through the court system. Is this a possibility?

A:  Yes and no. First, you should know that in nearly all counties in Michigan, the courts are referring domestic matters to mediation.  In most cases, the court issues a no… Read More
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