It looks like mediation may be a possibility for settling the divorce of a couple well-known in Miami for their philanthropy and their presence on the social scene. Bob Dickinson, the former chief executive officer of Carnival Cruise Line, and his wife Jody are divorcing after 28 years of marriage.
The attorney for Mrs. Dickinson says that he and the attorney representing the retired Carnival CEO get along well, and that 90 percent of the cases in which the two lawyers are representing divorcing spouses are resolved via mediation. He says that he's "already working closely" with Mr. Dickinson's attorney.
It's not known whether the state of the couple's current relationship is conducive to mediation. Mrs. Dickinson's attorney says that the two are "communicating."
Mrs. Dickinson is known in the area for her charitable work with her husband, who is actively involved with organizations that aid the homeless, and for her own work behalf of animal rights groups.
She was the first to file for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences." Her husband filed a counter-petition last month. It wasn't reported what the reason for the counter-petition was. The two don't have any children together. Mrs. Dickinson is asking for alimony.
There are likely considerable assets that will need to be divided between the two spouses. For example, the couple owns a 12,000-square-foot Tahiti Beach Island mansion in Coral Gables. That home is currently for sale for $6.2 million -- down from the original asking price of $8.3 million when the couple put it on the market last year.
Mediation can be a viable alternative, even in divorces with considerable assets involved. As long as the couple can work together to determine the division of their assets, mediation can be faster, simpler and less stressful than a litigated divorce.
Source: Miami Herald, "Retired Carnival CEO Bob Dickinson, wife getting divorced," Jose Lambiet, Aug. 29, 2016