Not everyone wants to jump straight into litigation. Divorce issues are handled by the Michigan court, which means that the divorce process can drag out for years. An alternative to the courtroom is mediation. Michigan provides mediation services through the Community Dispute Resolution Program (or "CDRP"). This article will go over how the CDRP may be helpful to your situation and how mediation may work for you.
This program provides grants and technical support to nonprofits and government agencies to offer a variety of mediation services to litigants. Often, the best way to manage a divorce is to stay cordial and friendly with your ex-spouse. Mediation, even if you only resolve one issue, can help ensure that you remain cooperative during the process. Moreover, it will give you the tools to resolve disputes into the future.
You will continue to interact with this person, especially if there are children or spousal support issues at stake. Mediation is a good alternative to straight litigation. Moreover, going to mediation does not end your other options. You can always file a lawsuit if mediation fails.
If you choose to go with mediation, you and your ex-spouse will meet at a CDRP center with a trained mediator. The mediator will coach you through the process and provide constructive comments to help you resolve your issues. It is not necessary to bring an attorney to these meetings. However, an attorney can help you prepare for the process. If you disagree with the mediator's assessment of the situation, do not worry, mediators have no decision-making authority. You are free to walk away from the process whenever you like.
If you are going through a divorce, mediation may be a good option for you. You can have an attorney assist in you preparing for your mediation, and to pick up litigation if the process fails. Mediation is a good alternative to full-blown litigation, if only to resolve some of the issues from a divorce. If you are considering mediation, then you may want to speak with a family law attorney to review your options and determine if it is the right course for you.