What Is Mediation? Who Is It Best Suited For?
Mediation is a process where both parties and a neutral person will work together to settle issues. In Florida, mediation is mandatory for everyone going through a divorce case before they have an opportunity to get their issues resolved by a judge. Generally, all of the discovery has been exchanged and both parties have a position on what they want and what they don’t want. You will go to mediation with your attorney. The other party will be there with their attorney. Everything that happens at mediation is confidential and rejected offers cannot be brought up in court later. Mediation is a very effective tool and more than 95% of cases settle before they have a trial with a judge.
How Can I Persuade My Ex To Opt For Mediation In A Divorce Case?
Mediation is much less expensive than having a full-blown trial with a judge. The more fighting that happens, the smaller the marital estate will become.
When Can We Start Mediation?
Normally, as soon as both sides feel comfortable with the information that they have about the other side, they have enough knowledge to enter into mediation negotiations.
How Many Meetings Does It Generally Take to Go Through The Divorce Process?
I meet with a client, initially, and explain to them the entire divorce process. I tell them what I’m going to need from them. In Florida, there’s a list of documents, called mandatory disclosure, which both sides must exchange. You meet initially, you prepare for mediation, and beyond that, most of the work is done either by the lawyers or by the clients on their own.
What Exactly Does The Mediator Do During This Whole Process?
It is the mediator’s job to get to know each side’s position and then to try and move the sides towards a settlement that they can both live with. At the end of the mediation, neither side should feel like they had some huge victory. The best mediation is one where both parties walk out feeling like they lost a little. That means that the mediation agreement was probably fair because each side had to give in a bit.
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