Mediation is typically required in most contested family law cases. Mediation is an opportunity for the parties to try to work out the issues in their case without going to court.
The parties and their attorney will both attend mediation. The mediations are run by a certified family law mediator. It is very important that the mediator chosen is one who is very knowledgeable, and who has a good deal of experience both working with the attorneys and acting as a mediator. At the Tyson Law Firm, we have a good relationship with many of Central Florida’s best family law mediators.
The benefits to mediation are numerous, including:
- Avoid the high stress and costs of having a family law trial
- Parties have the flexibility of crafting an agreement that is individual to their particular circumstances
- Parties typically get along better in the future if they are able to work together to resolve their disputes
- If the parties are uncomfortable being in the same room together, then typically the parties will remain separated and mediation will continue. Mediations can still be very successful even if the parties are separated. There is no judge or jury in mediation and all communications in mediation are confidential and cannot be used in Court.
The key to a successful mediation is being prepared. In EVERY case, we have a premeditation meeting where we prepare you for mediation. We discuss what will likely happen at mediation, the possible outcomes of mediation and we discuss a plan for what we will be seeking and are willing to accept.