Tampa Family Law Mediators
Should I Pursue Mediation?
Many people feel that that their divorce should be "uncontested." Reaching the "uncontested" resolution is often more difficult than first anticipated. Family mediation is a way of bringing people to the table.
Family mediation may resolve a case in a manner that is faster, less expensive, and less contested. If you feel that you and your former will work together to reach an agreement without the necessity of court involvement, you should consider going to mediation before going to court. In many cases, you will be required to go to mediation after filing or reopening a family law case.
Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediators will help to facilitate communication and help you accomplish your goals through the negotiation process.
Family Mediator's Role
A mediator's role is to be fair and neutral and to ensure that both parties are heard and understood. Family mediators stress the importance of creating a mediation environment where the parties treat one another with civility. Intimidation and raised voices are not permitted at mediation.
You are more likely to reach a lasting and beneficial agreement if each party has an equal opportunity to participate in the negotiation process. As your mediators, we will not pressure you to accept any offer or to make a decision. Unless you are comfortable with the proposed solution and agree to the terms, you will not be bound by any decision made in mediation.
Do I Need to Have an Attorney at the Mediation?
There is no requirement that you have an attorney at your mediation. Many parties mediate cases without attorneys. The mediator, however, cannot give you legal advice or protect your interests.
Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediators often know a great deal about family law. But, the mediator's role is not help or advise either party but rather to facilitate negotiations in a neutral and unbiased manner. While a Florida family law mediator can help the parties explore alternatives, the mediator cannot decide or advocate what is "right" or "fair" for you. Nor can a mediator predict what a court will do. Only an attorney can give you advice concerning your rights and advocate for your best interests.
Family mediation may be appropriate for you if you have a family law dispute and you are seeking to save money in the process and resolve your dispute through negotiation and settlement.
A mediator helps facilitate a resolution by understanding expectations and helping shape settlement negotiations.
A family mediator might ask the following questions:
Tell me about your family?
What are we going to address today?
Are you living separately?
What are you doing with your children now?
How are you currently handling financial obligations?
Have any issues already been resolved?
What are your goals?
Family litigation can be a painful and difficult process for all parties. Even if you were the one to make the final decision, you know a dispute in family court could affect your financial security, your emotional stability, and the well-being of your children.
When facing a divorce or family law case, it is important to remember what is most valuable — repairing or maintaining your life and preserving or creating a healthy environment for your children.
A Tampa family law mediator can work in a neutral and unbiased way to help you and your spouse negotiate a resolution in an environment that is conducive to open communication and finding solutions that work for you.