Mediation is a confidential, win-win approach to dispute resolution that helps the participants reach their own decisions in a fair, sensible and cost-effective manner. For example in divorce mediation, the divorcing husband and wife are the decision makers. The divorcing couple, through a series of mediation sessions reaches their own agreements settling such issues as timesharing, child support, spousal support (alimony), the division of retirement benefits and other property. In mediation, you keep full control of the outcome. The mediator facilitates the discussion, keeps certain ground rules in place, and provides legal information and suggestions. Once an agreement is reached the mediator will draft legal documents that memorialize your agreement.
While you and your spouse will no longer be married, you will always be the parent of your children. Mediation makes it less likely your relationship will suffer a total and complete breakdown, and makes it more likely you will be able to work together to co-parent your children. By mediating such issues as timesharing, child support, spousal support, property division, debt allocation, and retirement funds, you not only actively participate in securing your future, you control it because you decide, along with your soon to be ex-spouse, how you will handle these matters.
Mediation will also keep your children from being in the middle. With the speed, confidentiality, and reduced costs of mediation, the divorce process is smoother and less likely to negatively impact your children. Current research indicates that approximately 25% of the children of divorce are “at risk”-their school work suffers, they experiment with drugs, alcohol, or sex, or they develop psychological problems. Mediation helps you put your children’s health, education, and welfare first. Mediation is also less costly than traditional divorce litigation. Mediation is also less time consuming than traditional divorce litigation.
The success rate for parties that self-select mediation is approximately ninety (90%) percent. During mediation, it is important for you to make an educated and informed decision. By mediating with an experienced family law attorney, you will be advised of your rights under Florida Law. Once you understand what the law provides, you will be able to make a so-called knowing and voluntary decision about how you want to proceed. Your decisions are knowing because you will understand the law; they are voluntary because you are your own decision maker, and there is no coercion or undue pressure in mediation.
The Lassiter Law Firm, P.A. has an experienced mediator with specialized training in a variety of mediation approaches. We are able to tailor our skills with your needs.