Mediation and Arbitration Services

David Sarnacki – Divorce and Custody Attorney

David Sarnacki is an experienced mediator, arbitrator and case evaluator. He has been hired by other attorneys, and appointed by federal and state courts to help resolve cases. He is committed to creative and effective alternative dispute resolution.

Services include:

  • Voluntary Facilitative Mediation
  • Divorce and Custody Mediation
  • Troubleshooting Sessions
  • Arbitration
  • Early Neutral Evaluation
  • Case Evaluation
  • Customized ADR Processes

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GRAND RAPIDS DIVORCE MEDIATION

Looking for an alternative to fighting in court? We can help.

Mediation is an alternative method of resolving disputes. Mediation helps you:

  • Get results you can live with
  • At a cost you can control.
  • Your future is important so use a mediator who knows divorce, custody and family mediation.
When Solutions Matter Most

The Sarnacki Law Firm PLC provides mediation services at its office in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


WHAT IS MEDIATION?

Mediation is the art of finding a workable solution to a dispute. It starts with a meeting between the parties and the trained, neutral mediator. The process involves:

  • defining the problems and issues.
  • exploring options.
  • finding solutions that meet everyone’s needs.

Mediation gives you opportunities:

  • to speak.
  • to be heard.
  • to understand the options.
  • to choose the solution, freely and voluntarily.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING MEDIATION?

The process of Mediation involves:

  • reviewing the agreement to mediate.
  • working through the issues and options to the solutions.
  • agreeing on the final outcome.

WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE MEDIATION?

Statistics show that 85% of couples are able to reach agreements through Mediation–without having to fight about everything in court!

Mediation:

  • works better. Parties reach agreements. Then they honor them.
  • is less costly. Parties fight less about who’s to blame. And they share the costs of the mediation.
  • gives more control. Parties decide how to resolve their problems instead of letting a judge decide. They use the mediator to help them find workable solutions.
  • gives more certainty. Parties choose the outcome, not the judge. The parties are the ones in the best position to make decisions that will affect them (and their children) for the rest of their lives.
  • affords more privacy. Parties discuss matters in confidential sessions, not in open court.

AGREEMENTS IN MEDIATION

Issues that can be resolved through mediation include:

  • divorce
  • custody
  • parenting time
  • child support
  • spousal support (alimony)
  • property division
  • post-judgment disputes
  • modification of judgment
  • enforcement of judgment
  • relocation of minor child (change of domicile)

If you reach an agreement, the mediator will prepare a written agreement. You then will either have your attorney prepare the court order or prepare the order yourself. If you need assistance, we can provide you with the name of a mediation-friendly attorney or a referral to the Legal Assistance Center.

If you don’t reach a complete agreement, you have the option of going to court on the remaining issues or returning to mediation at a later date. You can return to mediation no matter how many court hearings you have gone through.


WHEN IS MEDIATION NOT APPROPRIATE?

Mediation is appropriate only when each party can:

  • speak for himself or herself.
  • reach & carry out agreements.

You should consider hearings in court (rather than Mediation) when there has been:

  • a Personal Protection Order (PPO).
  • child abuse or neglect.
  • domestic violence.
  • fear, force, violence or intimidation used by one party against the other.

If any of these “red flags” apply to your situation, please call:


HOW LONG DOES MEDIATION TAKE?

Mediation is quicker than fighting in court. It is quicker to schedule and quicker to complete.

The number of sessions required to reach a final agreement depends on the complexity of the case and the areas in dispute. Some people resolve their differences in one or two sessions. Others may need five or six sessions.


HOW MUCH DOES MEDIATION COST?

The cost of Mediation depends on the number of sessions, the hours spent working toward agreement and the rate being charged by the mediator.

Remember:

  • Parties share the costs of Mediation (rather than each paying an attorney to fight about everything in court).
  • Mediation is cheaper than fighting in court.
  • Most parties honor their Mediation Agreements because the results were chosen, not imposed by a stranger.

DO I NEED TO HAVE MY OWN ATTORNEY?

The mediator is neutral and:

  • helps you reach agreements.
  • may offer legal information, but not specific advice to one party alone.
  • is NOT your attorney.

The mediator cannot give you independent legal advice. If you have particular concerns and wish to discuss them in confidence, you must consult with your own attorney.

We can help you find a mediation-friendly attorney if you need one.


ATTORNEY/MEDIATOR DAVID SARNACKI

Attorney/Mediator David Sarnacki:

  • promotes mediation as an alternative to fighting in court.
  • brings a wealth of experience in divorce, custody and family matters to the table.

Why choose Attorney/Mediator David Sarnacki? Because he:

  • is an exceptionally trained & well-qualified mediator.
  • is an ethical & experienced attorney, with a track-record of service to both men and women going through family separations and transitions.
  • specializes in divorce & custody matters, with recognition as a top-rated, true professional.

Through our commitment, experience, and expertise, we can help you when solutions matter most in your life!

Your future is important so use a mediator who knows divorce, custody and family mediation.
Attorney/Mediator David Sarnacki is hired regularly by other attorneys and appointed by local courts to mediate other cases. He serves as a resource for people who want an alternative to fighting in court. And he provides public information concerning mediation as a form of alternative dispute resolution.


HIRE DAVID SARNACKI TO MEDIATE YOUR CASE

If it’s important for you to have a trained and experienced attorney/mediator — someone who will help you find solutions that work for you — please call our office at 616.988.9500.

We will schedule your first session at a time that works for both parties. We will review the mediation agreement with you at that time and begin the process of defining issues, exploring options, and reaching solutions.

We are confident that you’ll find Mediation to be a great alternative to fighting in court.

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