Our Services

Mediated Divorce

Civilized Divorce? Is there an alternative to the typically adversarial and financially draining traditional divorce?  The answer is YES!  Modern Family Mediation assists clients with developing legal mediated divorce agreements as well as assisting families with the resolution of difficult child custody matters.  Founded by a Psychologist and a Social Worker, Modern Family Mediation specializes in helping families with highly emotional and difficult situations.  Understanding how divorce can affect children, their trained mediators operate with the knowledge that even though the marriage itself is ending, there will always be a common interest in doing what’s best for the children.  The services at Modern Family Mediation can be very beneficial to clients by reducing stress, anxiety, and the financial burden of a traditional attorney led divorce.  Divorcing couples with no children will also find developing a mediated agreement to be in their best interest, saving them thousands of dollars while reducing stress.

What is a “Civilized Divorce”?

The concept of a civilized divorce was developed for divorcing couples who desire a less messy and destructive end to their marriage.  Despite the difficult and emotional nature of divorce, many couples realize that they will always have a common bond as a result of their marriage.  These bonds are unique and tend to differ from couple to couple but often include children, pets, business dealings, and even extended family relationships, just to name a few.

Approaching divorce in a civilized fashion, helps maintain some portion of the current relationship that is necessary for future interactions.  For example, if a couple has a child or children, they will always be parents whether they are married or not.  Life events, such as school conferences or athletics, graduation, and marriage are going to happen and the trained mediators at Modern Family Mediation work hard to keep this fact in focus while assisting clients develop a mediated divorce agreement.

By no means does participating in a civilized divorce imply that you need to be friends or have a great relationship, but rather that both parties are willing to treat each other with respect while the mediation process is on-going with the hope that a working relationship can be maintained.

To see how Modern Family Mediation can create a customized agreement for you, visit www.modernfamilymediation.org or call 586-713-0883.

Parenting Time & Planning

Modern Family Mediation understands that scheduling your parenting time can be a very stressful and emotionally demanding process.  For this reason we developed our Parenting Time Calendar Planning Service. Whether the adult relationships are antagonistic or amicable, you’ll find Parenting Time Planning with Modern Family Mediation beneficial.  During our Parenting Time Planning Session, your mediator will work with you both to help smooth out the process of scheduling important dates for you and your children.  Your mediator will be sure to take into account holidays, birthdays, special events, vacations, and any other important dates.  Once completed, you will have a year long plan which has been agreed upon by both parents.  Having a specific Parenting Time Calendar Plan will not only eliminate uncertainty and confusion, but it will also reduce stress for all involved, especially your children.

Collaborative Parenting

Throughout your child’s life there will be many important decisions that need to be made.  As parents, this fact will not change regardless of your relationship status.

Every parent desires to have a positive future for their children.  Whether you need assistance with long term care planning for children with special needs, financial agreements about college, or decisions with major life events such as weddings or graduations.  Let the mediators at Modern Family Mediation help guide your decision.

Family Blending Mediation

“Family Blending” Mediation Services

The challenge of bringing two or more existing family systems together to form a new family unit is often more difficult than it initially appears.  All people are unique and have differing parenting styles, values, religious beliefs, etc.  The mediation experts at Modern Family Mediation can assist you and your partner in working through the issues that are creating stress and friction within your new Modern Family Unit.  When agreement is reached on these critical issues, the focus can be shifted to the things that initially brought you together in the first place.

“Blended Family” Mediation Services

The end of a relationship can be devastating and life-altering.  It is often a difficult time when your “ex” remarries or finds a new partner.  This is especially true when children, assets, pets, and/or finances are involved.  The mediation specialists at Modern Family Mediation can assist you by collaborative problem solving and crafting an agreement that satisfies your needs.  Once agreement is reached regarding the key issues, all parties involved are likely to experience immediate tension reduction and stress relief that will allow for the moving forward into next chapter of your life.