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Responding to COVID-19

Citizens Mediation Service wants to keep our community safe and healthy.  As a result, we will be working closely with the courts to determine the need to reschedule mediations and extend dates for completion as appropriate.  During this time of awareness and health, we will offer on-line mediation opportunities for those able to particpate.  If you have been referred for mediation but do not have a date set, please be patient as we work with the courts to ensure your case is scheulded as we move through this virus outbreak.  If you have questions, please call us 269-982-7898.  Please be watching for an exciting new dispute resolution format to come to our area soon!  

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MI Resolve

MI Resolve - a new format in dispute resolution.

CMS is pleased to introduce MI Resolve to our community.  MI Resolve is desigend to provide a FREE online forum for all people to resolve common disputes in a peaceful, fair and accessible manner.  Please click on the link below to learn more about how to file with MI Resolve and the benefits of the service.  MI Resolve is designed to provide support for the following:

Landlord - Tenant matters

Contract Disputes

Claims alleging that money is owed

Debt

Lawyer to Lawyer

Neighborhood disputes (Neighbor to Neighbor Program)

  courts.mi.gov/HowToMIResolve 

Once you are confident with the process and are ready to interact with the program, please start here:   https://cii2.courtinnovations.com/MICM

 

Adult Guardianship

A guardian assumes decision-making rights for the incapacitated person.

Child Protection

Child Protection Mediation is a pilot program in Berrien County only.

Civil

Civil mediation cases involve people or money or both.

Civil Rights

Civil rights violations cover many situations, most relate to employment issues.

Divorce/Domestic

Domestic mediation cases include a broad array of family concerns.

Real Estate

This service is for real estate agents only.

Special Education

For schools and parents who have conflicts or concerns related to the educational program of a child with disabilities.

USDA Agricultural

Gives farmers and ranchers a confidential way to resolve disputes.

Free Programs

Check out these special FREE mediation programs!

CIVIL RIGHTS

PARENTING TIME

SPECIAL EDUCATION

USDA AGRICULTURAL

MI Resolve  https://cii2.courtinnovations.com/MICM

 

(Available only in Berrien County)

This new mediation program provides a safe, economical forum for resolving ongoing conflicts between neighbors. It is designed for any dispute that is not governed by zoning or city codes. The price is only $25 for up to two hours with a trained, neutral mediator who will guide you through a conversation aimed at finding a solution that both neighbors can live with and abide by.

Typical cases include:

Noise | Pets | Fences | Trees | Parking | Other Neighborhood Nuisances

Mediations are voluntary and confidential. Both parties must agree to the mediation or it cannot take place. CMS will contact the other party, listen to their side of the story, and encourage them to participate. Very few people turn down mediation when they realize it may be the only way to resolve an issue without going to court. The possibility of relief from a very stressful situation can be a strong motivator.
Signatures on a collaboratively developed agreement document constitute a legal contract. Parties can reach agreement on all issues, some issues, or no issues. No one is ever pressured to sign an agreement they are uncomfortable with. The agreement also contains language that permits this signed document to be used in court if either party violates the terms of the agreement.

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811 Ship St., Suite 302, St. Joseph, MI 49085

Phone: 269-982-7898 
Toll Free: 888-779-1386
Fax: 269-982-7899

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