|Family Mediation Service: Mediation for Couples and Families in the Process of Separation
The Dearborn Mediation Center, Northville Mediation Center, and Troy Mediation
Center's Family Mediation Service exists to meet the
unique needs of couples and families who are in the process
of separation or divorce. Its primary purposes are to:
- Minimize the negative effects on the separation and
divorce experience upon the couple and their children
- Reduce the conflict that is frequently a part of separation
Assist each spouse to negotiate a fair and equitable settlement
of property, custody, and support issues
Promote post-divorce cooperation
Dearborn Mediation Center, Northville Mediation Center, and Troy Mediation Center
are staffed by a multi-disciplinary team of legal and
mental health professionals who are experienced in family
law and family therapy, and specially trained in mediation.
In addition, the centers have established linkages with area
attorneys, tax consultants, financial planners, and
pension valuation specialists whose expertise may be called
upon as needed. They support the mediation process while
ensuring that each party's interests are protected.
Mediation provides the opportunity for a husband and
wife to work out the terms of their own separation or divorce
agreement in a safe environment with the assistance of a trained
neutral third person. This neutral third party does
not render a decision, but helps the parties consider and/or
develop alternatives to disputes regarding custody,
visitation, shared parenting, support, and the equitable division
Supports non-adversarial approaches to the resolution of issues
Assists both parties to understand all of the issues
- Works out creative solutions geared to the needs of the parties involved
Leaves control over resolutions with the parties rather than
with attorneys, judges, or court personnel
Mediation is often helpful in working past the anger,
conflict and loss associated with separation and divorce.
This process also can become the setting in which a
sound foundation for the future may be established. This results
in minimizing the disruption in the lives of all family members.
Experience has shown that settlements reached through
mediation are more likely to be accepted and honored by both
parties than those reached through the traditional adversarial
process. Such agreements are also likely to be worked out
more quickly and at less expense.
initiate mediation, call either center at the number listed
below. A staff member will talk with you and set up an appointment
with a mediator. There is no charge for the initial consultation.
L. Nichols is an attorney and an experienced family mediator.
He is a member of the National Academy of Family Mediators
and a past president of the Michigan Counsel for Family and
Divorce Mediation. He is also the founder and the executive
director of the Dearborn Mediation Center, the Northville Mediation Center, and the Troy
Mediation Center, as well as the president of Michigan Mediation
Attorney, Executive Director, Mediator