There Is Another Way To Make Divorce And Child Custody Decisions
In some Florida counties, every contested family law case has to go to mediation before it goes to court. Even temporary orders such as temporary time-sharing, attorney fees or support have to wait until you go through mediation. However, mediation is not required if both sides can agree on every issue.
I am a Florida Supreme Court-certified family law mediator. I handle court-appointed mediations in Dade City and New Port Richey, and I also do primary mediations. As a lawyer, I have participated in hundreds of family law mediations. I can serve as the mediator in your case or as your attorney, but not both. Please contact me to learn more about how I may help you.
How Is Mediation Different Than Traditional Litigation?
There are many benefits to using mediation in divorce cases. It is less costly and less adversarial than going to court. It keeps your financial affairs private, and most importantly, it puts you in control of the outcome of your case rather than putting it in the hands of a judge.
Another key benefit of mediation is that it can help preserve relationships in custody cases. Even though you are divorcing, you will still be a coparent with your ex-spouse for many years. It is important that you can get along well enough to follow the parenting plan and not put stress on the child. Additionally, it lets children see their parents working together on a parenting plan instead of fighting over it.
What Happens In Mediation?
A mediator is a neutral third party who facilitates discussion and negotiations between the parties. Each party may bring their own lawyer to mediation sessions. The goal is to reach an agreement on each contested issue. When that happens, the parties can present the agreement to the court for approval. In most family law cases, the judge approves the agreement.
Learn More About How Mediation May Benefit You
I have extensive experience as an attorney and a mediator. You can rely on my knowledge of the law and of the ways mediation can help you through your family law matter. Please call me at 727-490-8877 or send an email to schedule your free initial consultation.