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Making an informed decision during mediation

At the Florida Law Office of Philip J. Schipani, we sometimes handle difficult divorces involving heavy emotional charges. Unfortunately for our clients, the court does not make the emotional distress of divorce participants one of its primary concerns. However, we have seen positive changes to the way the law treats family law matters in recent years, most notably the addition of mandatory mediation.

We agree with the mediation order in the vast majority of cases, simply because we find it tends to increase the happiness of our clients. With this format of conflict resolution, you often have much more agency in the outcome of your divorce. When you are prepared for this responsibility, you are likely to be more emotionally satisfied by the terms to which you agree.

We make it a point to walk our clients through the mediation process before they start negotiations. Regardless of whether you believe mediation is likely to work in your situation, it mandatory in Florida family law disputes. We believe that our clients are much more likely to get the best result from this process once they are sufficiently informed about the rules and opportunities involved. Your mediation might dictate many of the major issues of your divorce:

  • Spousal maintenance payment plans, also known as alimony
  • Simple asset division
  • Custody or visitation agreements
  • Complex high-asset division strategies

We often see the clients we prepare for this process happier with the outcome. For example, if you understood the limits and benefits of negotiating, you would probably be less likely to worry about whether you ended your marriage with a suitable outcome. We believe knowledge is an essential prerequisite to a better unmarried future, emotionally, financially and socially. Please continue to browse our resources on our main site.

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Schipani and Norman, P.A.
1605 Main Street, Suite 1110
Sarasota, FL 34236

Phone: 941-549-8981
Fax: 941-366-7331
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