Deborah Bennett Berecz

Deborah Bennett Berecz (pronounced Be-Réece) litigated for many years but since 2015, she’s limited her practice to assisting families who want to “do divorce different” as she puts it.
Deborah’s clients are often hurt, scared and angry but in addition, they genuinely want an outcome that is fundamentally fair to all involved, particularly the children. She finds it truly gratifying to ensure that families have a dignified and respectful pathway through the divorce process. 
“A new paradigm is needed for the way family law is practiced. Lawyers, mental health professionals, and the public should be educated to understand that families at war produce only losers and no winners. A Collaborative/cooperative approach, using Collaborative Process, mediation, and other tools, should become the norm, and the courtroom saved for truly intractable conflicts. People should be educated about conflict: how to recognize it, avoid it when appropriate, and engage it productively when necessary. I commit to assisting my community and clients in managing conflict with respect and integrity.”

Education & Experience

Deborah graduated from Andrews University in 1998 and obtained her law degree from Notre Dame Law School in 1993. In 2018, Deborah was honored as a Distinguished Alumna of Andrews University. She focuses her practice on family law, including collaborative divorce, mediation, adoption, and alternative dispute resolution. 

Deborah is committed to providing clients an array of options to ensure that the right process is chosen for each individual case. She has been a trained mediator since 1995 and obtained her first basic collaborative training in 2005 and began training professionals in . Deborah is one of Michigan’s most experienced collaborative professionals, representing clients in the collaborative process in a number of west and central Michigan counties. 

Community Involvement

Deborah believes in community service and has served in the following capacities:

  • President, Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan (CPIM)
  • Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section of the State Bar of Michigan
  • President, Berrien Springs/Eau Claire Rotary Club
  • Chair, Caring Circle, now known as Hospice and Palliative Care, Corewell Health South
  • Board member, Corewell Health South
  • Current Vice-President, Berrien County Bar Association (BCBA)


Deborah is committed to providing her clients with the opportunity to resolve disputes effectively, with respect and dignity for all parties, particularly when there are children involved who may be affected by their parents’ family transitions. 

Home & Family

Deborah is married to a clinical psychologist, and they are parents of three adult sons, thirteen grandchildren (not a typo!). When not working or spending time with family she enjoys international travel, studying Spanish, reading and pickleball.

Contact Deborah Berecz for skilled legal representation in divorce matters and other legal matters