Mediation in a divorce has become more commonplace in Florida and around the country as couples look to find a way to end their marriage in a friendlier, more informal manner than in court.
With mediation, the two spouses sit with a third party - the mediator - to try to come to an agreement on things such as property division, child custody and spousal support in a friendly, non-adversarial manner. Divorce mediation can lead couples to come to a solution that is appropriate for them and their situation. Remember that no couple is the same; divorces aren't one-size-fits-all either.
It wouldn't hurt to walk into your mediation session armed with legal information, though. Do you know Florida's divorce laws? How about child support guidelines? Or child custody? And just what should you ask for in terms of a property settlement?
You and your soon-to-be ex are on friendly terms, and you'd like to stay that way. In your effort to be nice, you might walk away from the negotiating table with less than you deserve. Or, you might ask for too much, not realizing the way that property division and other aspects of divorce actually work, and that could send your mediation south.
You'll have several sessions in mediation, from the introduction to private discussions with the mediator to the conclusion. You need to be prepared. Consulting with a divorce lawyer before your Florida mediation sessions can only help you as you sit down with your ex to come to a settlement. Walking into the room armed with good advice will help you set your strategy for negotiations and come away with a settlement you accept.