Mediation & Arbitration Attorneys

Mediation / Arbitration

Michigan Mediation and Arbitration

Divorce, spousal support, child custody — you may believe the only place these issues are resolved is inside a courtroom. Fortunately, there are other dispute resolution options, such as mediation and arbitration, that can be more cost effective and less adversarial.

The attorneys at West Michigan Divorce can help you understand how alternative dispute resolution can benefit you with your family law matter.

Helping You Work Together Toward One Goal

Mediation ultimately keeps the court out of the equation by arranging for both parties to work with a neutral third-party mediator in order to resolve issues including property division, spousal support, child support, child custody and parenting time.

Mediation encourages effective communication and interest-based negotiation, and when successful, teaches both parties valuable skills that can be used to handle future disagreements.

Divorcing spouses can choose to engage in the mediation process before a case is even filed. Otherwise, most counties in Michigan will require parties to attempt mediation before a trial is scheduled. Mediation is a very successful tool that helps divorcing spouses reach complete settlement agreements, keeping their private lives out of court.

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Arbitration, another form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), is like mediation, but involves more than just a neutral third party helping divorcing spouses reach agreements. The arbitration process takes mediation one step further; the arbitrator will listen to both parties, informally, and then offer a binding opinion. Although slightly more adversarial than mediation, arbitration still keeps couples out of court, protects their privacy and often helps reduce costs.

At West Michigan Divorce, we want to help you understand that traditional litigation isn’t your only option when you are seeking the best legal solution for your family law matter.

Litigation Is Not the Only Option

With more than 30 combined years of legal experience, our Michigan lawyers have helped residents of Grand Rapids and the surrounding counties resolve their problems through ADR, such as mediation and arbitration.

Do you want to avoid bringing your case to court? Arbitration may help. Call West Michigan Divorce today to learn more.

Another form of alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) is arbitration. We act as either arbitrators or represent our clients during the arbitration process as part of the divorce proceedings. If we act as arbitrators we are committed to be fair, punctual, thorough and thoughtful. We will provide strong legal advocacy on your behalf during your arbitration and are committed to presenting your case in the most advantageous way possible.

Contact West Michigan Divorce

When you contact West Michigan Divorce, you can expect one-on-one service with a skilled family law lawyer. We value our clients and provide them with the attention they deserve.

If you are seeking sound legal advice and representation for your West Michigan divorce or other family matter, call us today at 616-233-9160 or contact us online.

Our business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and early morning and evening hours by appointment. We represent clients in Kent and Ottawa Counties, and the surrounding areas.

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