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Ellen Craine
Craine Family Mediation

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31874 Northwestern Highway
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Fax: 248-562-6692


Description of Practice

Craine Family Mediation specializes in all stages of the divorce mediation process and family mediation of all types including Cohabitation and Separation Agreements, and parenting coordination. In addition, Ellen Craine provides counseling to individuals, couples, and families dealing with loss and grief issues related to serious illness, death or divorce. She also provides health coaching for individuals wanting to make a commitment to improving their overall well-being. For professionals, Ellen offers a variety of workshops and provides ethics consultations for social workers and mediators. For more information visit Ellen's website at Ellen Craine has over 19 years of experience in alternative dispute resoltion and over 25 years of experience in working with families.

Professional Background

Ellen Craine has a background in social work providing therapy for children, adults and families as relates to recovery from serious illness, death and divorce. In addition, she has experience as a custody evaluator, mediator, parenting coordinator, consultant and educator in a variety of settings.


Ellen has over 19 years of experience as a divorce and family mediator and over 15 years as a parenting coordinator. In addition, she has over 21 years experience in working with families in a variety of settings.


A JD (law degree) from Wayne State University A Masters in Social work from University of Michgian Special training in Parenting Coordination Special training in Family/Divorce Mediation Special Training in Elder Mediation.


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
1996    Zena Zumeta    40
2006    Susan Butterwick    24
2006    ICLE    8
2007    ICLE    8
2008    ICLE    8
2009     ICLE    8
    Michigan Council for Family and Divorce Mediation    12
2010    Oakland Mediation Center    8
2012    ICLE    8


Predominantly a facilitative mediator, Ellen's approach to mediation is to meet the needs of the particpants in the process. The needs of the particpants influence the structure of the mediation in order to encourage self-determination and the fullest level of particpation of all parties as possible.


For mediation cases: There is a free 15 minute phone consultation available to each participant. Then there is a 30 minute in office free consultation. After that the rate is $250 per hour with a 10 hour deposit required at the signing of the fee agreement. This fee is split among the participants in a way that is fair and equitable. Payment can be made by check, cash or credit card. **Credit card payments to require a 4% fee to be added to the payment. For Parenting Coordination Cases: The fee is $250 per hour with a 10 hour deposit required at the signing of the fee agreement. Fees are flexible based on ability to pay. For Counseling: The fee is $150 per hour. Counseling fees are paid at the session. Fees are flexible based on ability to pay. Ellen is considered an out-of-network provider and some reimbursement may be possible if you submit a claim to your insurance company. For Social Work Ethics Consultations: The fee is $200 per hour. For Mediator Ethics Consultations: The fee is $250 per hour. Workshops: Fees are determined by the number of hours and amount of travel necessary. Workshop lengths start at 2 hours.

Other Information

Professional Workshops Include: Legal and Ethical Issues in Divorce, Custody and Parenting Time for Social Workers; Legal and Ethical Issues in Domestic Abuse for Social Workers; What Social Workers Need to Know About Subpoenas; Ethics for Mediator; Screening for Domestic Abuse for Mediators; Screening for Domestic Abuse for Social Workers; Loss and Grief When A Child Is Diagnosed with Cancers; What Does Loss and Grief Have to Do with Divorce and Effective Co-Parenting?; A Discussion on the Legal and Ethical Issues with Medical Marijuana for Social Workers

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Elder
  • Estate Planning
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation
  • Prenuptial

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Counselor
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Psychotherapist
  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Custody Evaluator
  • Facilitator
  • Parenting Coordinator


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