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The Benefits Of Florida Family Law Mediation

Not every issue requires a court case and a judge or jury. Some matters, particularly family law issues, are better served by using mediation. Mediation offers many benefits and advantages.

Darla K. Snead has decades of mediation experience and can help you resolve your family law issue as efficiently and effectively as possible.

What Is Family Law Mediation?

Mediation is an alternative to going to court in order to resolve a conflict, dispute or disagreement. The goal of mediation is to reach an amicable settlement. Both parties, their attorneys and a neutral or “impartial” mediator will attend mediation sessions. Mediators work to ensure the process is respectful, balanced and as non-adversarial as possible.

The 7 Advantages Of Family Law Mediation

Mediation can be an effective modality to resolve divorce issues for many, but not all couples. When meditation does not work, traditional litigation can offer the closure that is needed.

Mediation does offer some advantages. The benefits of mediation are that these sessions are:

  1. Typically, less expensive and faster than going to court
  2. Confidential; what is said in mediation is not on a court record
  3. More flexible as to the location and timing of the sessions
  4. Less adversarial and more conducive to collaboration
  5. Less stressful because they are less formal than court
  6. Often easier on children because the mediation environment is less tense
  7. Able to leave participants feeling they have more control and that they have been heard

Darla K. Snead can advise you on all aspects of the mediation process. Florida law requires that divorcing parents first use mediation to resolve their issues and before a temporary relief hearing can be held. The mediation requirement is only waived in certain circumstances. Issues such as parenting plans, equitable distribution, spousal support, child support and many others can be worked through in mediation. Same-sex couples can also utilize mediation to resolve issues that may require specific knowledge of Florida law and precedent. Signed agreements made in mediation are most often binding.

Do I Need An Attorney For Mediation?

It is typically not required that you have an attorney for mediation. However, because the results can be legally binding, it is advisable that you work with an experienced Florida family law attorney. When each parent or each spouse has legal counsel, they have the access they need to fully understand the process, their rights and their obligations.

Work With An Established, Proven Mediation Attorney

As principal and founder of Darla K. Snead, P.L. Attorney at Law, Darla K. Snead has the experience, knowledge and skill to ensure that your matter receives the attention, respect and commitment it deserves. Call 863-619-5291 and speak to us about your mediation needs. You can also send an inquiry email to get the process started.