In any proceeding in which the issues of parental responsibility, primary residence, access to, visitation with, or support of a child, or alimony - spousal support issues are contested, the court may refer the parties to mediation in accordance with rules declared by the Supreme Court.
Mediation is a judicial requirement designed to cause uncooperative and angry parties to sit down and rationally discuss the issues. Issues that require mediation include custody, child support, division of marital property, alimony, relocation and anything else creating an impasse to settlement. The trial court won’t, in most cases, even set your case for trial without your first attending a mediation. At that point you want to be with someone experienced and committed to success.
Family Law Mediation can be extremely helpful in amicably resolving points of contention in divorce and other family law matters prior to the court hearing arguments and rendering decisions. If an agreement is reached by the parties through family law mediation on contested issues, a consent order incorporating the agreement shall be prepared by the mediator and submitted to the parties and their attorneys for review. Upon approval by the parties, the consent order shall be reviewed by the court and, if approved, entered. Thereafter, the consent order may be enforced in the same manner as any other court order.
When you must legally address family law mediation issues it is important to be made fully aware of your legal rights, options, and to have aggressive, detailed, and dedicated legal representation in your corner. Hiring an experienced family law mediation attorney may provide you the best opportunity to achieve your desired outcome, or a fair and reasonable resolution.
Mr. Sigman has participated in hundreds of mediations and understands the art of negotiation. He works with his clients to develop a plan in general terms, always mindful of the desired results of the client. If you are considering filing for divorce, or if you have any questions regarding the mediation process, please call our office to arrange for a confidential consultation. You need a qualified Florida divorce attorney. Call us today at (407) 831-0012.