What is Mediation?
Mediation can be used to talk about your grievances with your spouse with the goal of coming to a mutual agreement. A couple can use mediation to solve all of their disagreements, some of their disagreements — or none of their disagreements. Learn how the process works in Florida, and why hiring a Florida family law attorney can make the process easier.
How Does Mediation Work During a Divorce?
Mediation is an alternative to court litigation to solve matters of a divorce — which is often a much longer and drawn-out process. Unlike public trials and hearings, mediations are typically private, with just you, your spouse, and your mediator and lawyers in attendance.
This also means that mediations are typically less expensive than the formal trial process, making it easier for couples to finalize their divorce if they are able to come to a mutual understanding.
What Can Be Solved During Mediation?
From property division to child custody agreements, couples can discuss a number of arrangements that will impact their life post-divorce.
A mediator will help facilitate the conversation between you and your spouse, but is neutral and will not help make decisions for you. They will not offer legal advice, however, you can still have your lawyer present to assist.
Do I Need to Go to Court?
Whether an agreement is reached during a court-ordered or non-court ordered mediation, the couple must sign a legally binding agreement that is enforceable by the court, but they will not need to go to trial.
If you are unable or unwilling to resolve an issue during mediation, your mediator will declare an impasse to some or all issues, and you will have to go back to court to have the judge or jury decide the outcome of your case.
Family Law Attorneys in Sarasota
The best way to get ready for mediation is to know you’ve come prepared, get organized, and hire an attorney. At Schipani, Norman & McLain, P.A., we can represent you in your divorce, advocating for the resolution that protects your best interests. With us on your side, you can remain in control of the process and your future.
Contact our team today to set up a consultation: (941) 499-8154.
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