Tampa Family Law Mediation Attorney

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Ending a marriage is hard, and many people would rather not air their divorce in court for everyone to hear. However, settling your divorce out of court is possible. With mediation, you can avoid a lawsuit and remove the stress and economic strain of a long, drawn-out process.

Many couples choose mediation to work through their issues and find ways of agreeing to the terms of the divorce. Sometimes, judges require mediation before they will schedule a hearing. Although mediation can encourage an amicable relationship between divorcing spouses, hiring a lawyer is crucial to prepare and improve the chance of success.

Florida Law Advisers, P.A., can review the circumstances of your case and create a legal strategy to meet your needs during the negotiations. Call or contact us online for a free consultation with a Tampa family law and divorce mediation lawyer to get started.

How Does Mediation Work in Florida Family Law and Divorce Cases?

Mediation often starts with introductions. The mediator will introduce themselves to everyone and discuss their responsibilities during negotiations. They will also ensure that everyone attending knows each other and their roles in the process. You and your spouse will each get a chance to present your side.

You can outline the facts of the matter and discuss any concerns you have. Your Tampa family law and divorce mediation attorney can present your case for you, or you can choose to do it yourself. The decision is up to you.

When you finish your opening statements, your spouse can present their case. They will also address the issues related to the matter and any concerns they have. Afterward, the mediator will separate you for the rest of the mediation.

The mediator will meet with each of you privately to determine the differences in opinions on the contested issues and start a conversation about how to work through the problem. They might point out how settling out of court is better than letting a judge decide on the case.

They can advise you of possible options to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. However, their job isn’t to force, sway, or pressure you into a decision. Their role is to offer guidance and suggestions.

The mediation can only end successfully or unsuccessfully. If successful, you and your spouse can sign a settlement agreement outlining the terms to present to the judge for review before receiving your final divorce decree. If mediation fails, you must proceed with the court process. A judge must intervene and decide on the issues for you.

Mediation can end a third way. You might not agree to specific terms but resolve other issues in the case. If you’re progressing, the mediator might suggest taking a break and returning for a second session to continue negotiations. If you and your spouse agree, you can take some time to clear your head and think about how you want to approach the second session.

What Matters Can Be Resolved in Divorce Mediation?

At Florida Law Advisers, P.A., we represent clients in mediation involving numerous divorce issues, including: