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I have been in the private practice of law with an emphasis on family law for over 32 ears. Eight (8) years ago I decided to broaden my horizons by entering into the newly developing area of alternative dispute resolution in family law proceedings.
I have completed the advanced mediation training required by the Michigan courts and am now actively seeking both private retentions and court appointments in the following areas in domestic matters
My services in these areas are available before proceedings are commenced oranytime thereafter. This specifically includes post judgment modifications.
The courts in this state are just starting to implement facilitative mediation. In facilitative mediation, a neutral third party (the mediator) facilitates the negotiation process. The mediator assists the parties by helping to define the issues and by clarifying their respective positions and the options available. In facilitative mediation the mediator does not make any evaluation and does not make any recommendation or decisions for the parties.
On the other hand, in evaluative mediation the mediator assists the parties reaching a decision by giving his own analysis and evaluation of the issues to be decided. However, the parties are not bound by his evaluation.
It is to be noted that with mediation your controversies may be settled far more quickly than matters that are contested in court. Further, with the assistance of the mediator, the communications between the parties are more direct and, therefore more efficient. Finally, when any matter is mediated whatever transpires in the office of the mediator is TOTALLY PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL. In other words, there is no public record of any of the allegations that unfortunately raised during contested proceedings. Although all matters are throughly discussed in mediation, your complete privacy is maintained.
I realize that the idea of mediating domestic matters prior to the filing of an action is a relatively new phenomena in this geographic area. However, resent studies have demonstrated that parties who mediate are much happier because they have more control of their lives, and, ultimately, in the future are more likely to adhere to the agreement that they have arrived at through mediation.
Please note: mediation does not always take place when a court case is imminent or while litigation is actually taking place. Mediation can, also, be implemented as a preventive tool to prevent future controversies in a variety of family matters. Some examples of these are:
In addition to providing mediation services I am also seeking private retention in the following areas:
I believe that I have established reputation for competent, eefficiency, integrity and fair mindedness in both the legal community aand among the thousands of clients that I have served in the past three decades.