Rather than divulge personal information in court, you have the option in the state of Florida of turning to a certified mediator to come to agreement in your divorce proceedings. Family law mediation services provides a more personal, conflict-free way to come to a mutual agreement during an already difficult time in your life.
In this post, I’ll discuss the advantages to seeking the help of a family law mediation counselor, as well as what you can expect during the process.
When Family Law Mediation Is an Option
In the state of Florida, you can choose to seek out family mediation services, or the judge presiding over your divorce proceedings may decide that your case could benefit from mediation. In the latter instance, you will receive an Order of Referral to Mediation. It’s important to note that you have the right to hire your own family law mediation counselor.
These types of negotiations are typically:
• Informal and non-adversarial
• Less expensive than costly litigation in court
• Open to legal representation by an attorney
• A faster way to reach a legally binding resolution
What Can I Expect from Family Law Mediation Services?
While every case is different, family law mediation sessions moderated by approved counselors are scheduled in two-hour sessions. The number of sessions is dependent on the complexity of your situation, but most parties come to an agreement within one to three sessions.
One of the main advantages is that during these sessions with your family law mediation counselor, you can discuss the details of your case freely, knowing that what you can’t be used against you in a court of law. What you say during a mediation sessions is privileged and confidential, and cannot be divulged outside parties, including the judge. (However, it is important to note that a resulting written agreement that is submitted to a judge for approval does become a part of your case file and is then public record.)
How to Choose Your Family Law Mediation Counselor
While mediation counselors must meet standards and training necessary for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida, they do not need to be an attorney, which means that they can’t provide you with any legal advice. This is critical when a written agreement submitted to a judge could become legally binding.
As a certified mediation counselor as well as a seasoned family law attorney, I have the experience necessary to ensure your divorce proceedings result in a resolution that is fair for both parties. Your legal rights during the mediation service—even if court-mandated—are my main objective.
To schedule a family mediation with a mediator at Koleilat & Miller, both parties must contact the office to select a mutually agreeable date and time. Call for more information or set up your appointment today.