End Your Marriage Quickly And Amicably With Mediation
The Florida family law courts are backed up, so all divorce cases in Florida are forced to go through a mediation process before trial. This is a positive occurrence, as it allows the parties to settle most of the divorce issues in a less contentious and costly manner.
Since becoming a lawyer over 35 years ago, I have focused on settling all of the disputed matters in a divorce before trial, so I find mediation to be a helpful process. Mediation allows divorcing parties to settle the disputed issues away from the courtroom. Working with a mediator instead of a judge gives the parties more control over the process and outcome, and it is usually quicker, cheaper and more amicable than the traditional divorce trial.
A Certified Specialist In Family Law
Since 1993, I have been a board-certified marital and family law specialist, which means I have a high level of experience and training. This certification is difficult to earn and only a small number of attorneys have earned this honor. I have been a practicing attorney for more than 35 years, and my practice is 100% focused on family law. This allows me to keep current with the changing laws and procedures.
Benefits Of Mediation
Compared to divorce litigation, mediation is generally:
- Faster: A typical divorce trial takes a long time, but you can settle many of your issues in short order working with a mediator.
- Cheaper: Because it is more collaborative, and because the parties can share the costs of the mediator needed to help resolve the issues, mediation often brings significant financial savings.
- More peaceful: In a divorce trial, the parties have to portray the other party in a negative light in order to gain an advantage in disputes over property issues and time sharing. This can be a terrible experience for the parties and tragic for the children. Mediation allows you to avoid this litigation war and settle matters more amicably, in order to maintain a cordial relationship with the other party for your children’s benefit.
- More within your control: In mediation, the parties work out a resolution of the issues rather than having a judge decide, and so they have more control over how to distribute assets and select dates for time sharing that work best.