Mediation Attorney? Or Certified Mediator In Palm & Broward County? Which Is Best?
Divorce Mediation In Palm County, FL & Broward County, FL
Divorce mediation is a form of dispute resolution where a mediator or facilitator assists parties who have difficulty agreeing on important topics. Because mediators are objective, they pursue methods to facilitate communication and can suggest options. Sometimes, unlike the parties who are often very emotionally involved in the negotiations, a mediator’s objectivity enables a clear view of pros and cons. The goal of divorce mediation is to reach an agreement which will then be embodied in writing and submitted to the court to become part of a divorce decree. If an agreement is reached, the divorce will proceed in an uncontested manner saving time and money.
In Florida, it is mandatory that parties attempt mediation if they can not agree. If after attempting mediation they do not then agree on important issues, the matter will proceed to contested trial. Mediation is an alternative way to settle a dispute out of court through an informal and non adversarial process. It is generally speedier and more cost effective in reaching a settlement. Alternatively litigation may consume thousands of dollars and months of time.
About Judith Goldberg, A Certified Divorce Medator
Judith Goldberg is a certified divorce mediation provider in Palm Beach & Broward County, Florida. She can guide you through the answers to these questions as they arise.
Mediation is usually conducted in the office of the mediator as opposed to the often rushed atmosphere in courtroom corridors during contested court proceedings. The mediator’s office is also a neutral setting for the parties. The mediator’s role is that of a neutral and impartial third party who has no stake in the outcome of the dispute. Also, the mediator does not represent either party individually or give legal advice. The mediator facilitates an agreement between the parties that meets both of their interests and that of their family.
Another reason why parties may prefer mediation is that it is confidential. Parties should be prepared to make complete financial disclosure to facilitate a fair agreement. Anything that the parties discuss in mediation usually can not be used against them later. Litigation, on the other hand, is public and potentially embarrassing details may be revealed in open court.
Advantages To Divorce Mediation
There is increased control when mediating agreements as well. Parties have the opportunity to fashion an agreement that works best for them. In this case, as opposed to a judge setting forth what the parties will do. In the context of divorce, mediation can be used to reach resolution on a variety of important issues such as finances, child support, child custody and alimony. The duration and timing of mediation sessions is created between the mediator and parties and accommodates the parties schedules. Mediation can even be accomplished through teleconference.
Divorce mediation works best with people who fully disclose assets and desire a fair result. Most couples who are in the initial stages of obtaining a divorce should at least meet with a divorce mediator to explore mediation as an option. Couples only have one chance to pursue a non-adversarial divorce and once starting down the adversarial road it is much harder to successfully co-parent.
If you have questions about mediation or the best approach for your situation, Palm Beach & Broward County, Florida mediator Judith Goldberg can assist you through every step of the process.