If you are going through a divorce or a family dispute in Florida, you may have heard of mediation as an alternative to litigation. Mediation is a process where a neutral, third-party mediator helps you communicate and negotiate a mutually acceptable resolution. In our state, the supreme court certifies family law mediators, but what do they do?
The first reason is time and money. It can save time and money by avoiding lengthy and costly court proceedings by reaching a settlement that meets your needs and interests. You can also avoid making your family problems public as mediation is confidential. Finally, mediation can enhance your communication and cooperation with your former spouse or partner and reduce emotional stress and conflict.
What is a certified family law mediator?
A Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator is a mediator who has met the certification requirements of our state’s supreme court. To get this certification, you must have at least a bachelor’s degree, and pass a written examination on mediation ethics, statutes, rules and procedures. Certified Family Law Mediators must demonstrate good moral character, and they must complete at least 16 hours of continuing mediation education every 2 years. Mediators must also have 100 education and experience points in mediation prior to attaining certification.
Why use a certified mediator?
Choosing a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator has several advantages. First, using a Certified Family Law Mediator ensures that your mediator has the training and experience to handle complex and sensitive family issues. Next, you know that they are familiar with the Florida family law system and its legal standards.
This means that you get all the benefits of mediation, along with ensuring that your mediator has the tools they need to ensure a reasonable and legal outcome is achieved.