Unfortunately, a divorce can bring out the worst in people. The contentious courtroom atmosphere only adds fuel to the fire. When spouses want to dissolve their marriage in an amicable manner, they often turn to a courtroom alternative — mediation.
What is mediation?
Mediation is a meeting between both spouses and a certified mediator. The mediator must be impartial and work for the mutual benefit of both parties. The mediator cannot force either party to accept an agreement. Rather, a mediator helps the parties communicate and work towards compromises and solutions. This may involve issues such as division of property, alimony and time-sharing. In some Florida counties, mediation is required before any divorce trial.
How long does mediation take?
The time that it takes to complete divorce mediation varies from couple to couple. In some cases, couples need only one mediation session to resolve their disagreements. In other cases, mediation can continue for months. Generally, divorce mediation takes much less time than divorce litigation.
How much does mediation cost?
The state of Florida offers subsidized divorce mediation for couples with combined yearly incomes below $100,000. If the couple’s combined yearly income is between $50,000 and $100,000, the costs of mediation are $120 per session, per party. If a couple’s combined yearly income is below $50,000, the costs of mediation are $60 per session, per party. Couples with combined yearly incomes greater than $100,000 must select a private divorce mediator. The costs of private divorce mediation vary widely, but are generally several hundred dollars per session. This is a bargain when compared to the cost of traditional divorce litigation.
If you’re interested in divorce mediation, contact an experienced Orlando divorce attorney with a proven track record. An attorney can help protect your legal rights in every aspect of your divorce.