While divorce or other family law litigation does not bring out the best in any person, it does not have to bring out the worst. If you are considering divorce in Florida, or if you are facing other family law issues in Florida, mediation offers less conflict and an easier passage through the dissolution of your marriage or other family law litigation.
Mediation is a confidential and informal process. During mediation, you can attend by yourself, or have your attorney present to work with your spouse and his or her legal counsel. A trained mediator facilitates the discussion and notes agreements made during the proceeding.
The family law practice at our firm represents clients during all aspects of divorce and family law proceedings in Florida. Decisions made during such litigation impact parenting, business opportunities and retirement. If the parties are able to reach terms on which they both agree, then often the family is able to move forward with more money and less strife.
Mediation on the Rise
In recent years, more couples have turned to mediation to navigate the separation of lives, property and parenting time. Consider the following points about mediation:
- A mediator is not an advocate for either party. Mediation is a voluntary process of alternative dispute resolution. The mediator is present to keep parties focused, discuss disputed points and help parties express their positions.
- Key benefits of mediation are privacy, lower cost and the likelihood of creating agreements that are satisfying to both parties.
It is not easy for anyone to sit at a table across from their departing spouse or form the opposing party in a family law case, but the effort can save money and hardship down the line. Mediation may not be appropriate for spouses or parties who have experienced domestic abuse or where addictions are involved.
If you are contemplating divorce, or if you are facing other family law issues, think about low conflict and a fresh start on a future that could begin sooner, rather than later. If you have questions about mediation, talk to an experienced family law attorney in Jacksonville.
Florida family law attorney Andrea Jevic also contributed to this blog post.