Entries Categorized as 'Mediation/ADR'

Best Lawyers’ Best Law Firms in Grand Rapids

Date November 1, 2013

The Sarnacki Law Firm PLC has been awarded a Tier 1 Ranking in the 2014 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms.” The firm’s founder, David C. Sarnacki, practices family law, mediation and collaborative divorce in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in [...]

Best Divorce and Family Law Lawyers in Grand Rapids

Date August 15, 2013

The Best Lawyers in America completed their most recent peer-review selection process, their 20th edition. The confidential survey of Michigan attorneys and judges resulted in the designation of Grand Rapids divorce attorney David C. Sarnacki as one of The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Sarnacki was selected as one of the Best Lawyers [...]

Best Lawyers in America Selection

Date September 19, 2012

David Sarnacki has been selected by attorneys and judges for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, 19th Edition. His peer-review selection includes three areas: Family Law; Family Law Mediation; and Collaborative Law–Family Law.

Setting aside the ‘I want to win’ mentality in divorce

Date August 20, 2011

The National Post highlights Ontario’s move toward mandatory information sessions promoting divorce mediation. Kathryn Blaze Carlson writes (excerpt):
Had Scott McLarty and his then-wife been forced to consider divorce mediation as an alternative to litigation, he might have been spared $15,000 in legal fees and a two-year court battle over spousal support.
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“I think it would [...]

Conflicting perceptions and, yet, collaboration

Date June 7, 2011

“Everything you can imagine is real.”–Pablo Picasso
You’ve heard the saying: Perception is reality. So how can we collaborate through divorce negotiations to a fair resolution when you and your spouse start with such vastly different sets of perceptions?
As strange as it seems, the collaborative divorce process actually moves you through perceptions by promoting fairness in [...]

Focusing on solutions: Saving money with divorce mediation and collaborative divorce

Date April 3, 2011

CBS Money Watch offers Jane Bryant Quinn’s list of “10 Steps to Avoid Losing Your Shirt in a Divorce.”
Jane Bryant Quinn writes (excerpt):
10. Put $$$ in your pocket by avoiding a battle with your spouse. In hard times, divorcing couples struggle for every dime. But the more you fight, the more of those dimes vanish [...]

The mediation solution for divorcing couples

Date March 5, 2010

YS Mediationhighlights the benefits of divorce mediation (excerpt):
Couples have the opportunity to let go of the old way of handling marital separation and divorce by embracing mediation, which is a simple and cost effective way to handle the division of your assets while maintaining good will with everyone involved. Divorce mediation is the solution to [...]

A bit foreign, scary even: Collaborative divorce

Date November 3, 2009

Single Parent Gossip shares the method for using collaborative law to resolve your divorce out of court.
Talibah Mbonisi writes (excerpt):
. . . In this cooperative framework, both parties also agree to:
- Act in their children’s best interests to minimize any negative impact that the situation could have on them.
- Be respectful to one another, stay [...]

The inventor of the Collaborative Divorce Process

Date October 23, 2009

Stu Webb is being honored for finding a better way to divorce at the 10th International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Educational Forum.

Mediators can help collaborative divorces smooth out rough edges

Date October 7, 2009

ABA Book Briefs Blog features a divorce mediation excerpt from the book “Collaborative Law: Achieving Effective Resolution in Divorce without Litigation,” Second Edition by Pauline H. Tesler (excerpt):
If a collaborative case runs into problems, a “meta-mediator” can help everyone get through the challenging phase. Sometimes a “perfect storm” of challenging clients and challenging issues can [...]

Collaborative Divorce: Investing in cooperation now brings less fights for parents later

Date August 23, 2009

The Traverse City Record-Eagle introduces the concept of the gentler divorce through Collaborative Divorce to our neighbors to the north.
Vanessa McCray writes (excerpt):
But feelings and the family’s future are not to be overlooked. Divorce is a “devastating and emotionally intense time, even if you’ve chosen to use this model,” she said. Franseen acts as a [...]

Rush to judgment: how to lower the costs of divorce

Date June 24, 2009

Smart Money declares the top 5 divorce mistakes and highlights divorce mediation in the process.
Stacey L. Bradford writes (excerpt):
4. Rushing to Court
The fastest way to run up those hourly attorney fees is to go to court. While a regular divorce costs around $8,000, one that goes to trial can easily run upwards of $20,000, says [...]

A civilized divorce: divorce mediation and working together

Date May 4, 2009

myOptumHealth.com and KOTV show how divorcing couples use mediation to process a civilized divorce.
Lila Havens writes (excerpt):
In mediation, the couple works to reach an agreement both people think is fair. The mediator acts as a go-between to help them communicate. The couple makes the decisions, so they are more likely to stick with them. Having [...]

Kent County’s Parenting Pilot Program: “Expedited Process in the Resolution of the Low Conflict Docket of the Family Division”

Date January 31, 2009

Domestic Diversions previously announced our new parenting pilot project. Now,
The Grand Rapids Press covered the new Kent County Parenting Plan, a pilot project approved by the Michigan Supreme Court.
Theresa D. Mcclellan writes (excerpt):
The hope is that by judicially redirecting the focus onto the children in divorce proceedings, parents will remember what’s at stake, which [...]

Keep your children out of the middle of your divorce

Date August 12, 2008

The Wall Street Journal uses the divorce of Robin Williams and his wife, Marcia Garces Williams, to remind us of the effects of divorce on children.
Stephanie Coontz writes (excerpt):
But a growing body of evidence suggests that normalizing divorce and surrounding it with expectations of cooperative behavior is far better for everyone than the two extremes [...]

Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook’s divorce case: A mediation alternative to knock-down, drag-out battles

Date July 15, 2008

Newsday shows how divorce mediation can “avoid the circus that you see in the Brinkley case” [of Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook]. Divorce mediation–especially mediation of custody disputes–controls costs, maintains privacy, limits conflict, and promotes relationships and shared goals.
Michael Rothfield and Melanie Lefkowitz write (excerpt):
“It puts a premium on digging up dirt on the [...]

Divorced parents learning to get along

Date July 9, 2008

The Grand Forks Herald reveals the appeal of divorce mediation.
Janell Cole writes (excerpt):
“Mediation can be successful because its focus is on the strengths each person has as a parent and on the joint goals and aspirations parents have for their children,” state Court Administrator Sally Holewa told a legislative committee June 24.
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In mediation, one of [...]

Ways to avoid a nasty divorce

Date June 9, 2008

The ABA Journal emphasizes “efforts to take the nastiness out of divorce proceedings.”
Jill Schachner Chanen writes (excerpt):
[re: Collaborative Divorce]
An even more significant development is the growing use of what practitioners term a collaborative approach to divorce cases.
Borrowing principles of mediation, the collaborative approach calls for the parties—and, significantly, their lawyers—to reach a settlement without taking [...]

Divorce mediation: creative solutions, calming influence

Date June 1, 2008

The Akron Beacon Journal hails the verdict: “Mediation saves.”
Paula Schleis writes (excerpt):
”With a third person present, it just changes things. People are able to talk things over,” said Bernard Winick, who teaches business law at the University of Akron.
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The stickier the situation, the more Winick loved trying to guide the parties to a creative solution. [...]

Creating a peaceful divorce

Date May 30, 2008

The Santa Barbara Independent comments on how to get a win-win split in divorce.
Kevin Bourke writes (excerpt):
Divorce mediation has become increasingly popular in recent years. If you and your soon-to-be ex are both intent on creating a peaceful divorce, why not explore this option? It can be much less expensive and has worked well for [...]