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Divorce And Family Mediation

What Is Mediation?
Mediation is a non-adversarial approach to resolving issues in a dispute. The process is facilitated by a neutral third party trained in mediation. The mediator usually also has a professional degree in the area in which they mediate.
How Does Mediation Work?
Initially, the mediator meets with each party separately to evaluate the appropriateness of the dispute for mediation. Once a decision is made that the mediation will go forward, the mediator meets with both parties and facilitates a discussion around settlement options. The mediator facilitates the participants to make decisions allowing each person to realize a positive result. Once the participants reach an agreement as to the resolution of their dispute, the mediator drafts up a summary of the agreement reached. Sometimes the agreement needs to be reviewed by legal counsel (in a divorce, for example) before it can be incorporated into a judgment through proper legal procedure.
Does mediation replace the need for legal advice?
Mediation does not replace the need for legal counsel. A mediator does not give legal advice. Legal questions require the advice of a licensed attorney. A mediator who is an attorney cannot operate as an attorney giving legal advice and mediate on the same case.
What does mediation cost and how long does it take?
A deposit is usually required at the start of the mediation process. If the initial deposit is used up, an hourly rate is usually charged. The length and number of mediation sessions required will vary depending on the types of issues to be resolved.
At Craine Famliy Mediation, Counseling and Professional Consulting, we are neutral facilitators who assist you in the search for an equitable resolution with dignity. The end result is an agreement that is fair and equitable to all parties. Our mediators are all approved by the Michigan State Court Administrator's Office (SCAO) having taken SCAO approved training. They also have professional degrees related to the area of mediation in which they specialize.
The following cases can be handled by Craine Family Mediation, Counseling and Professional Consulting, regardless of te sexual orientation of the parents:
  1. Divorce mediation (at all stages of the divorce process, including post-divorce)
  2. Parenting time for never-married parents
  3. Family mediation (including eldercare/adult guardianship/family caregiver issues
  4. Parenting time facilitation
  5. Co-parenting effectiveness education
  6. Mediation for co-habitation or separation agreements
Benefits of mediation include that it:
  1. Typically saves time and money
  2. Is confidential, avoiding public disclosure of private issues
  3. Allows you to control the decisions that affect your life

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Ellen M. Craine, JD, LMSW, ACSW
Craine Family Mediation, Counseling and Professional Consulting
31874 Northwestern Highway
Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334

Phone:  248-539-3850

Business Hours: By Appointment