What is Mediation?
Your Divorce Mediation Questions Answered
What is Family Mediation?
Mediation has existed for over 30 years as a form of human conflict resolution. In divorce, divorce modification or paternity cases, the courts typically require mediation before a trial may commence. Mediation is a confidential and non-adversarial process. The two of you are guided by an expert, unbiased mediator. This helps resolve your case without resorting to the judicial process. In Central Florida counties, mediation is a required step in the legal proceedings of divorce or paternity cases. By electing to participate in pre-suit mediation, control is in your hands rather than a judge who knows nothing of your family’s true needs or goals.
How Does it Work?
Divorce or paternity mediation encourages communication between you both to effectively resolve conflicts and finalize proceedings, usually in just one session. With a mediator’s expert negotiation skills the two of you are supported in an impartial and private environment. This proactive form of conflict resolution allows flexibility throughout the process, as well as control over the outcome.
What are the Benefits of Mediation?
Mediation allows both parties to avoid a lengthy, costly and unnecessary battle in the courts. A mediator often alleviates the fears you may have regarding your future as an unmarried individual or single parent. Resolution and closure happen far more rapidly than in a litigated divorce.
Mediation occurs outside the judicial system and is not public record as it would be in a court proceeding. This preserves privacy of the parties and the family. This process also places control of the proceedings in your hands, guided by our mediator, rather than a judge.
What Do We Discuss During Mediation?
The spouses and/or parents meet with the mediator to discuss the issues in their case. All discussions are private and confidential. Topics covered typically include property and asset division, spousal support, child support, resolution of parental responsibility (custody) and parental time-sharing (visitation) or post dissolution modifications to an existing final judgment.
What is the Mediator’s Role?
As an expert in divorce law and paternity, negotiation and resolution, the mediator helps you focus on your future. This is paramount – concentrating on past or present conflict is counter-productive and destructive to the overall interests of the parties collectively and individually.
With our support and extensive experience, the mediator will analyze the legal issues that exist in your case and expertly guide you through the process. Helping you reach a resolution without the stress of a court battle is the goal of the mediator. If a complete agreement cannot be reached, the issues that are resolved are reduced to writing, thereby saving expenses before you file in court. The remainder of any unresolved terms of your divorce may thereafter be resolved by a judge.