Florida Mediation Attorneys

Filing a dissolution of marriage action in Florida is the process of ending the marital relationship. Florida has adopted this procedure instead of traditional divorce proceedings. The process is intended to help couples who want to end their marriage to do so expediently and efficiently so they can move forward with the next phase of their lives. As part of this dissolution process, Florida lawmakers recognize the benefits of mediation in the divorce process.

Mediation is one of the most frequent methods used to settle disputes during the divorce process. Parties negotiate a settlement that is beneficial to each party instead of allowing a judge who knows nothing about the parties or the family to make life-changing decisions for them. Through mediation, spouses can compromise to achieve an outcome that is best for themselves and their children.

If you have questions about divorce mediation in Florida, contact our Palm Beach Gardens mediation attorneys at (561) 880-0155.

Benefits of Using Mediation in a Florida Divorce

There are several reasons why you should consider mediation for your divorce.

  • Mediation is a voluntary process whereby you can settle all or some matters of your divorce including child support, alimony, timesharing agreements, property division, division of debts, and liquidation or division of a family business.
  • You are in control of the negotiations instead of placing control over the terms of your settlement in the hands of a judge.
  • Mediation is less costly and quicker than litigating. In most cases, you can save money and time by using mediation to resolve your issues than going through a trial.
  • Settlements reached during mediation often compromise better and more acceptable solutions than a trial because the parties know what they need better than a judge. Your agreement is based on your needs instead of impersonal legal principles and state laws.
  • Mediation is strictly confidential. The matters discussed during mediation are not part of the public record. Therefore, you have more privacy than if you choose to litigate your divorce.
  • You still have a lawyer to guide you through the mediation process and ensure your legal rights are being protected.
  • Mediation is an informal process without the strict rules and constraints of a trial. The informal setting encourages parties to be more open and flexible when resolving issues.
  • In some cases, mediation can help the parties sort through some of their differences which can improve communication between the parties to avoid future conflicts.
  • Mediators act as impartial facilitators to help you identify the issues to be settled and guide you through discussions to achieve a settlement. Mediators do not take sides nor do they give advice. The role of the mediator is to keep parties engaged in healthy conversations that produce amicable agreements. Mediators help “steer” the conversation away from spiteful and pointless accusations.

Mediation does not work in every situation, but it is worth an attempt before you enter into a court battle. Call (561) 880-0155 now to learn more about divorce mediation in Palm Beach County.

Mediation is Mandatory in Palm Beach County

Family courts in Palm Beach County require parties in a contested family law matter to utilize an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) before requesting a court hearing. Mediation is the most common form of ADR used in the dissolution of marriage proceedings. You are not required to settle your differences during mediation, but you are required to attend at least one mediation session. Either you or your spouse can decide that mediation is not working and request that the court take control of the matter.

Our divorce lawyers are also trained in mediation techniques in addition to our courtroom skills. We work with you to prepare you for the mediation session so that you feel comfortable. We also help you choose a mediator that is best suited to the particular issues involved in your divorce. Mediators can be lawyers, licensed mental health counselors, and accountants. Based on the matters to be decided in your case, we can help guide you to a mediator that is best suited to facilitate the mediation discussions. If we are unable to agree on a mediator, the court will appoint one.

Divorce Attorneys Serving Palm Beach County

The Law Offices of Paul J. Burkhart, PL is located in Palm Beach Gardens and represents clients in the greater Palm Beach County area. Contact our office by calling (561) 880-0155 or use the contact form on our website to request a consultation or obtain additional information.