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At Successful Solution, we recognize that divorce mediation in Jacksonville, FL is a complex and emotionally challenging experience, and we are committed to providing our clients with the support and guidance they need throughout the process. Our experienced divorce mediator, Jill St. Louis, is dedicated to helping couples resolve their differences amicably and efficiently, minimizing the stress and conflict often associated with traditional divorce proceedings.

What Is Mediation?

The Supreme Court of Florida has established “family mediation,” which allows the public to control the outcome of their divorce or any other dispute involving family law. A “mediator”, who is licensed, helps both parties reach an agreement and guides them through the divorce process. As a coach or guide, rather than a gladiator who is fighting your spouse’s lawyer and trying to beat them.

Meet Me, Jill St. Louis

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.

Why Mediate Your Divorce Settlement?

The media, legal associations, and those who have chosen this legal route all report on the many benefits of divorce mediation in Jacksonville FL.

A “neutral mediator” usually requires one or two meetings of two hours per meeting to bring the couple verbally into agreement about all terms of divorce. The 12 documents that must be signed and filed by both parties are charged separately, with the fee usually being split equally. Each document costs less than $750. If each spouse hires an attorney in North Florida, they will each pay over $3500 before the divorce can be completed.

If each spouse hires an attorney, it can take 9–12 months to finalize their divorce. Mediation takes about half the time.

In divorce mediation in Jacksonville FL, neither the mediator nor the judge decided what a “fair settlement” was. (Judges can reject a mediated agreement, but I’ve never seen it happen.) The mediator will explain your options and give examples of how to resolve disagreements with compromise, trade-offs, and common sense. Mediation is the only way to control your divorce settlement’s cost and outcome.

If you do not feel that your divorce settlement is “fair”, you can ask an attorney to review it and give you advice. You can make changes to your agreement based on their advice before you file it.

What Is Family Law Mediation?

Mediators are neutral third parties who help people resolve conflicts and disputes. They may be used in divorce cases or child custody proceedings to speed up the process and reach an agreement between both parties. The court may order family law mediation in Jacksonville, Florida, but the parties must agree to it before any progress can be made.

Benefits of Divorce Mediation in Jacksonville

 In most cases, mediation can be used to resolve issues such as custody, spousal maintenance, and property division at a much lower cost than going to court. More experienced mediators will cost more but may be more effective in opening communication.

 The court process takes a lot of time, particularly when complex cases are involved or when the parties cannot agree on anything. Divorce mediation in Jacksonville FL usually resolves cases within 3 months, whereas the court process can take up to 6 months.

Mediators can be available after normal court hours or at weekends when courts are closed. This allows for sessions to take place in the evenings and on the weekends.

Divorce mediation in Jacksonville FL is confidential and private. Everything said will be kept between the parties, their lawyers, and the mediator. You cannot use these discussions against you in court, so you are free to speak and negotiate. The public record is not accessible, which is usually the case with court filings or hearings.

You may be able to include information and details that would not be permitted as evidence in court, which could strengthen your position during negotiations.

A court can order mediation, but the parties must both agree to the outcome. This can reduce tension and bring the case to a peaceful conclusion. Both sides feel heard and agree with the result

Why Choose Divorce Mediation Jacksonville

Choosing divorce mediation Jacksonville offers couples a collaborative and efficient alternative to traditional litigation. Unlike adversarial courtroom battles, mediation fosters open communication and mutual understanding, empowering couples to craft their own solutions with the guidance of a skilled mediator. By opting for divorce mediation Jacksonville, couples retain control over crucial decisions regarding asset division, child custody, and support arrangements. Moreover, this approach is typically quicker and more cost-effective than litigation, enabling couples to transition into their post-divorce lives with minimal financial strain. Emphasizing cooperation and compromise, divorce mediation Jacksonville provides a supportive environment for couples to navigate the complexities of separation and achieve resolutions that align with their unique needs and priorities.

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I know that divorce is a difficult and emotional experience. You may be feeling overwhelmed, uncertain, and even angry. But I can assure you that you’re not alone. I’ve helped hundreds of couples through this process, and I’m here to help you too.

If you’re ready to take the first step towards a peaceful resolution, schedule a consultation with me today. I’m here to help you navigate this challenging time with compassion, expertise, and unwavering support.

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Jacksonville 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.

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