Florida family law mediation is a voluntary process in which the disputing parties sit with a neutral party, a mediator. The mediator is not a judge. He/she does not take evidence. The mediator’s goal is to facilitate a resolution between the involved parties.
Mediation can occur prior to filing a dissolution of marriage. You do not need to be represented by an attorney to mediate. Every litigated dissolution of marriage case in Florida will be required to go to mediation at least once, and, in many cases, more than once before the case will be heard and decided by a judge.
At mediation, there are three options:
- You can resolve the case in its entirety
- You can settle some part of the case
- You can settle none of the case
Whatever issue(s) that are not resolved at mediation will later be negotiated and a resolution reached or they will be decided by a judge.
Mediation provides parties an opportunity to maintain control over their disputes and to make their own decisions on how their dispute will be resolved.