Is Mediation Required for Florida Divorces?
It is natural to assume that when a couple is going through a divorce, it will involve a long and bitter courtroom battle. However, that does not always have to be the case. Sometimes a couple can remain amicable and still resolve disputes involving equitable distribution, parental responsibility and more. Couples that wish to avoid litigation and retain control of their divorce proceeding can go through mediation in Florida. In most counties, parties are required to attend mediation prior to going to Court.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a dispute resolution process and is an alternative to litigation for parties in any domestic relations matter.
During mediation, the two sides will meet with a mediator that is an objective third party. Mediators are trained in conflict resolution and do not provide legal advice but instead, they try to foster compromise and bring the two sides to an agreement.
Benefits of Mediation vs. Litigation
Mediation has a number of benefits..
The first is that mediation can bring a divorce to a resolution far quicker than litigation. This is because when a divorce goes through litigation, it is subject to the court’s schedule and could take months before you can get on a judge’s trial docket. Mediation, on the other hand, is either one or a few short meetings with the mediator. Through mediation, divorce settlements are typically drafted within just a few weeks, or even sooner.
Mediation is typically also much cheaper than litigation. Again, during litigation there are many costs including attorney fees and Costs. Mediation is also usually cheaper due to the fact that it is not drawn out into a lengthy process, which also helps cut costs.
The biggest benefit of mediation is that it gives the couple control of the decisions made in the divorce. When a divorce goes through litigation, a judge will make all the final decisions and typically, there is little the couple can do about it, even when they strongly disagree with the decision.
Going Through a Divorce? Our Florida Family Lawyers can Help
If you are considering divorce, our Orlando family lawyers at O’Mara Law Group can help with whatever type of divorce you choose. We have the necessary experience to negotiate effectively with the other side and get you the best terms possible. We will also always ensure your rights are upheld and will work hard to protect your best interests. To schedule a meeting with one of our attorneys, call us today at (407) 634-6604 or contact us online.