Divorce Mediation in Florida: All You Need to Know

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In Florida, divorce mediation is strongly encouraged and sometimes required by judges in order to divorce. Facilitated by a third-party mediator, many couples find divorce mediation to be beneficial when discussing terms for divorce, especially when there is the potential for conflict.

Generally reducing expenses, time, and stress, divorce mediation is usually a preferable alternative to litigation. t doesn’t work for everyone, but for most couples, mediation results in a relatively smooth divorce making it a great place to start.

Reasons for Divorce Mediation in Florida

Going through the process of divorce can be a stressful, emotional, and costly, which could be made worse when divorcing spouses are struggling to agree on terms. Divorce mediation could be beneficial for a lot of couples as it helps to navigate the complexities of the situation in a safer and more controlled environment. In Florida, residents choose divorce mediation because:

  • It could foster better communication and cooperation between spouses to find solutions that are beneficial for all.
  • Solutions could be tailored according to the divorcing spouses' situation. When there are children involved, tailoring child custody arrangements can be hugely beneficial, and this flexibility isn’t always offered in court.
  • It could resolve issues relatively quickly by identifying disagreements immediately and potentially eliminating escalation of conflicts.
  • It could be cost-effective compared to a lengthy battle in court. Litigation fees can be costly; divorce mediation is often more affordable because it involves fewer legal procedures.
  • Confidentiality is guaranteed, allowing privacy for spouses to discuss sensitive matters - unlike traditional court proceedings.

In order to file for an uncontested divorce, both parties must agree on specific terms including any asset division, alimony and child custody arrangements. By choosing divorce mediation early on, spouses are much more likely to come to an agreement on these terms and prevent conflicts from developing.

How Divorce Mediation Works in Florida

Divorce mediation in Florida tends to follow the same steps regardless of the firm that you choose. These include introduction, information-gathering, learning what each spouse wants, understanding settlement options, and then, the negotiation of the settlement. During the process, each of the divorcing spouses will be able to present their case and present any relevant documentation. The third-party mediator will take time to understand the wants and needs of both spouses before suggesting options that could best benefit everyone involved.

If any or all of the terms can be agreed upon, a document will be created that reflects these. All parties will sign and it will be presented to the court for a judge to review. The judge will look through the agreement to see if the terms seem reasonable and everything is in order. Then it will become part of the final divorce judgment.

Learn More About Divorce Mediation in Florida

To learn more about divorce mediation in Florida, contact our team of divorce attorneys here at the Divorce & Mediation Law Firm | Cabanas Law Firm at (954) 945-7504 or schedule your free 15-minute case evaluation through our website. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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