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Custody And Divorce Mediation

Divorce and custody cases are often settled outside of the courtroom, through negotiation or mediation. And often, mediation results in a fair resolution to the case that costs far less than full-blown courtroom litigation.

At Collis & Griffor, PC, our skilled mediation attorneys know how to get our clients a fair deal they can live with, regardless of the method used to reach that resolution — litigation, mediation, arbitration or otherwise.

The Benefits Of ADR

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) includes dispute resolution processes and techniques that act as a means for disagreeing parties to come to an agreement short of litigation. It is a collective term for the ways that parties can settle disputes, with (or without) the help of a third party. ADR is generally classified into at least five types: negotiation, mediation, collaborative law, and arbitration and conciliation/coordination.

Despite historic resistance to ADR by many popular parties and their advocates, ADR has gained widespread acceptance among both the general public and the legal profession in recent years. In fact, some courts now require some parties to resort to ADR of some type, usually mediation, before permitting the parties' cases to be tried.

The rising popularity of ADR can be explained by the increasing caseload of traditional courts, the proposition that ADR imposes fewer costs than litigation, and the desire of some parties to have greater control over the selection of the individual or individuals who will decide their dispute.

Mediation Explained

Mediation is a voluntary process whereby parties use a neutral and impartial third party to assist the parties in reaching a mutually acceptable solution to their problem. Mediation should not be confused with arbitration whereby the third party will make a decision or case evaluation and a recommended settlement will be issued.

In mediation, the mediator will facilitate a safe environment where not only attorneys but parties can speak and be heard. This process helps to ensure that the parties can mutually solve their problems. Recent statistics show that approximately 80 percent of cases that mediate resolve — and in 80 percent of those cases, the agreements continue to be followed by the parties. In many cases, mediation may be more cost effective than litigation.

There are many benefits to mediation, including being cost effective, saving time, avoiding litigation, improving communication and allowing you to design a solution that works for you and your family.

Collis & Griffor, PC, are mediation attorneys serving clients in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and throughout southern Michigan. If you are considering mediation in a custody or divorce matter, call Collis & Griffor, PC, today at 734-707-9408 or contact us online to set up an appointment for a free consultation.

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