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?
May 9th, 2018
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 usu… Read MoreRead More
April 10th, 2018
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, everything… Read MoreRead More
April 2nd, 2018
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 MoreRead More
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?
November 22nd, 2017
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 will… Read MoreRead More
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?
October 3rd, 2017
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 prefera… Read MoreRead More
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?
August 28th, 2017
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 MoreRead More
Q: I would like to mediate my case rather than going through the court system. Is this a possibility?
August 15th, 2017
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 notice… Read MoreRead More