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 34 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. From my Hallandale Beach, Florida, law firm, I represent clients in divorce mediation throughout Broward County and Miami-Dade County.
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 Board Certified Marital and Family Law Specialist
I am a Board Certified Specialist in Marital and Family Law, which means I have a high level of experience and training. I have been a practicing attorney for more than 34 years, and my practice is 100 percent 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: The 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 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 the judge decide, and they have more control over how to distribute assets and select dates for time-sharing that work best.
Either call my office or send me an e-mail to discuss your mediation. I offer free initial limited consultations.