Mediation

Mediation is a good alternative for you to consider if you do not have an agreement yet with the other parent or spouse and would like to avoid litigation. Even in cases where you and the other party are far apart on the issues, mediation can be successful if both parties share or develop at least some interest in trying to avoid litigation. Mediation is not appropriate if it is not safe to engage with the other person in that way, or if the other party will never disclose their finances or come to a reasonable settlement without being forced by the court.

You can read more about mediation and the types of mediation, divorce without a court fight, the mediation process, and preparing your court papers by following these links.

The cost for mediation is $250 per hour. Some cases can be resolved in one two-hour mediation session. Sometimes the parties address issues and take in information to think about during the first session, and reach an agreement at the next session; and if there are many complicated issues to try to work through, resolving the case can take more than two sessions.

As part of the process, we will prepare your Settlement Agreement, and Parenting Plan if there are minor children, and also can prepare the rest of the court papers you will need to file for divorce or for some other types of family law cases.

Some things to you can do to prepare for mediation are pulling together account statements for bank accounts, retirement accounts and other assets, as well as statements for your and your spouse’s debts. You can look through the Family Law Financial Affidavit as one way of beginning to list all of the assets and debts that need to be divided.  In a Florida divorce, with some limited exceptions, all of the assets and debts acquired or incurred during the marriage are “marital” assets and debts, without regard to who has title to the asset or whose name is on the debt.  You can look through the form Parenting Plan as a way of going though many of the children’s issues that need to be addressed if there are minor children; and you can obtain a credit report for yourself to see the debts in your and your spouses name.  There are child support calculators on the web if you want to try to come up with a rough idea of the amount of child support in your case, or you can use the new web-based Child Support Guidelines Worksheet on the Florida Courts website.  The are pages here on my website you can use to learn more about some of the major issues that arise in a divorce or other family law case.

Call me at (954) 636-7498, or use the contact form on the website, and we can discuss mediation for your divorce or other family law case.

Florida Family Lawyer Blog - Mediation