Are There Animal Companion Mediators Near Me?

Yes.  The dedicated attorneys at Murray & Rouvina, PLC have completed the 40 hour SCAO General Civil Mediation training program and are available to assist with your animal companion legal needs throughout Michigan.

† Mediation potentially allows for more creative solutions. Whereas court determinations are constrained by rules and regulations, the parties in mediation are free to resolve their dispute in any way the parties agree within their power, potentially leading to longer-lasting outcomes, greater satisfaction, and improved relationships

† Courts generally enforce agreements reached through mediation.

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a voluntary process in which a neutral third party facilitates communication between the parties to determine if a mutually agreeable solution can be reached. Unlike litigation, which is adversarial in nature and results in a win/lose outcome, mediation allows the parties to arrive at a shared middle ground that is acceptable to both parties.

In the event that you and your animal companion require assistance with a legal matter, consider mediation as an alternative or companion to litigation.

What are the Potential Benefits of Mediation?

Mediation offers a number of potential benefits, either by itself or in connection with litigation.

† Mediation often saves parties money and speeds resolution of the issue. As the parties in litigation rarely communicate directly, the  process is often more time-consuming, and, therefore, more expensive.

† Mediation allows the parties to control the outcome. As a party cannot unilaterally resolve an issue in mediation, both parties would have to agree to any resolution. Additionally, where an issue has been handled differently by various courts, mediation provides predictability.


What Legal Matters are Suitable for Mediation?

Mediation is suitable for any animal companion legal matter so long as both parties are willing to participate. These matters include, among others, parties involved in an animal custody dispute, landlord/tenant issues, disputes between neighbors related to animal companions, animal injury issues, dog bites, and service animal matters.

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