Mediation in Michigan can be voluntary or can be ordered by the court as part of your Michigan divorce case. Mediation may work well even if at first one or both of you don’t want to take part in the mediation process. A case may be resolved in mediation with a settlement or the parties will agree to disagree and end the mediation session. It's quite common for couples to return to mediation multiple times. If an agreement is reached, the mediator will memorialize it either by video, audio or a document. The lawyers will then draw up the necessary judgment to submit to the court for approval.
Mediation can resolve the many issues that you and your spouse don’t agree on. The most common issues that go to mediation are child custody and parenting time, child support, spousal support (alimony), property and debt division and retirement benefits.
In Michigan, mediators usually charge their own hourly fee, so the cost can vary around Michigan depending upon the geographic location and the mediator. Generally each party will pay half the cost, but one party may pay the entire bill. Sometimes the parties' decide to pay for the mediator out of martial assets.
If you have any questions about mediation in Michigan, and want to explore your options, give our a team a call at (248) 348-0496.