The Family Law Leader

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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