Jacksonville Family Law Mediation Lawyers
Mediation for Family Law Issues
Depending on the circumstances of your family law case, mediation may be a more efficient way to resolve the issues at hand. A mediator helps two spouses talk about their differences in a reasonable way by being neutral and not deciding who is right or wrong. This approach can be beneficial for some individuals if they’d prefer to try to establish their own solution to the problem.
If you are considering mediation for your divorce, child custody, alimony, or another area of family law, Farah & Farah may be able to help. Our family law mediators offer compassionate guidance and effective assistance. Contact us for a free consultation today.
What Are the Benefits of Mediation in Florida?
As a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), mediation in Florida typically helps divorcing spouses reach an agreement in a much shorter amount of time compared to the time often required in litigation. Ideally, mediation presents the opportunity for individuals to resolve a family law issue in a way that is less argumentative and with more favorable results to fit the specific needs of each person.
A mediator is required to have no connection to the case and is expected to be impartial and motivate the parties to make their own decisions. Based on the Florida Rule for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators 10.210, a mediator isn’t supposed to suggest what the resolution to the problem should be. Instead, he or she encourages and facilitates the resolution by not favoring either party. As such, this approach can be favored by divorcing spouses since they can decide what happens, rather than hand over the outcome of their future to a judge.
Challenges of Mediation
There are difficulties to any form of legal action but this doesn’t mean that a mutually acceptable and voluntary agreement can’t be made. Under section 44.1011(2) of Florida Statutes, the authority to make decisions in mediation is with the individuals involved in the issues at hand. This can make mediation challenging if the parties are angry with one another or aren’t willing to compromise. Mediation is intended to be an informal and non-adversarial process in which room for understanding can be found. If a reasonable decision isn’t made, further and more serious legal action, such as litigation, may be required.
Moving On with Your Life
Whether mediation is ordered by the judge handling your case or is a decision that you and your spouse have made, it’s beneficial to be fully aware of the ins and outs of mediation as well as your legal rights and options. It can sometimes be difficult to avoid “getting even” in family law disputes; however, remember what matters most – coming to a solution that works the best for both parties and especially any children involved.
Even if previous attempts at an agreement weren’t successful, it’s still possible to find a solution.
At Farah & Farah, our Jacksonville family law mediators are committed to providing private and confidential mediation. By following a set structure and timetable, we are dedicated to helping our clients resolve their problems in a timely and fair manner. We utilize a wide range of techniques to open and improve discussion to reach a favorable agreement for both parties. For more information about how we can help, call us today at (904) 263-4610.