Divorce Mediation Fort Lauderdale
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My Approach to Divorce Mediation in Florida
Divorce Mediation with Successful Solutions
Divorce mediation is an excellent option for couples in Fort Lauderdale who have decided to divorce but need help figuring out the specifics of their divorce. This includes child custody, alimony, and property division. Contact our Successful Solution to learn more about how we can help you resolve your divorce case.
Divorce Mediation Services in Fort Lauderdale
Mediation is a way for you and your spouse to decide the terms of your divorce, rather than a judge. Our firm represents our clients in mediation by protecting their interests and providing legal advice. Before mediation, both parties and their attorneys should prepare as if they were going to trial. It is important to note that many issues such as child custody, alimony and child support, and property division can be discussed and negotiated during mediation.
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With over 10 years of experience in divorce mediation, I am dedicated to helping couples find common ground and achieve peaceful resolutions. My compassionate approach ensures that all parties are heard and understood.
What to Expect During Divorce Mediation in Fort Lauderdale
The role of a mediator is to help your spouse and you reach an agreement on how to end the relationship. It’s not to provide legal advice or to defend one spouse over another. During the mediation process, the mediator will help identify the issues that need to be resolved. He or she will then work to negotiate an agreement. The mediator will ensure that both you and your partner understand the implications of any agreement reached.
Our mediator will review the final agreement reached during mediation to make sure that it is fair, and that all issues are addressed. We will be with you when the court grants your divorce and approves the agreement.
The Benefits of Mediation in Divorce
Mediation is a great way to resolve divorce and other family law issues.
- Mediation is confidential. This means that anything said in the meeting cannot be used to your detriment if the matter ends up in court. The parties can speak freely during the mediation process.
- Mediation can save you money on legal fees because there is no court trial.
- Mediation is often more effective than litigation in settling divorces.
- The parties are usually more satisfied when they reach a mutually acceptable solution than when a court decides.
- Parties that have reached an agreement on their own are more likely to adhere to its terms.
- Mediation reduces resentments and clears up the air. It also reconciles opposing viewpoints, which allows parties to interact better with each other, if needed, after divorce.
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Mediation has proven to be a beneficial way for many Florida families to resolve legal disputes such as divorce, paternity, and custody. Contact Successful Solution to see if this is an option that’s right for you.
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Divorce Mediation FAQs
What does "pre-suit divorce mediation" mean?
Pre-suit divorce mediation is when a couple chooses to work with a mediator instead of going to court to settle their divorce. It’s a way to avoid the emotional and financial stress of hiring lawyers and fighting in court. The couple, with the help of a mediator, tries to sort out their divorce issues.
What is the role of a divorce mediator?
A divorce mediator is like a referee who helps a divorcing couple talk about and solve their problems. They’re specially trained to do this. Some mediators, who are also lawyers, know about the legal side of things, which can be helpful.
How long does divorce mediation last?
Usually, private mediation sessions last 2-3 hours. Most couples can sort out their problems in the first session, but sometimes they need more. After everything’s settled, it takes about two weeks to write up the divorce agreement for the final session.
How do I know if divorce mediation is not right for my case?
Mediation can work for any case, no matter how complicated. The mediator and the couple can also ask experts like financial planners or psychologists for help with tough issues.
Must we file for divorce first before attending mediation?
No, you don’t have to file for divorce first. If both of you agree to mediation before starting a divorce lawsuit, you can sort out all the issues during mediation.
Can my spouse and I still mediate if we don't agree?
Yes, even if you and your spouse don’t get along, a trained mediator can still help you work things out calmly.
Does a mediator meet with the spouses separately or together?
In most cases, couples talk together during mediation. But if it’s too emotional, you can work separately, and the mediator will go between you.
What happens if we cannot agree on every issue?
If you can’t agree on everything, don’t worry. You can still make progress on some things in mediation. For the rest, you can hire lawyers to help or take more time to think and come back to mediation later.