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.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Child Support

  • My spouse works overtime frequently, does the Court consider this overtime in determining child support?

    If the overtime is regular, continuous and likely to occur in the future, then yes, it is included in determining the amount of child support.

  • I don’t trust that my spouse is going to pay the child support , can it be taken from his paycheck?

    Yes, if you request it, the Judge will sign an Income Withholding Order which will be sent to the employer who then will garnish the wages for the child support.

  • My parents and friends often give me money, does the money that I receive count when determining child support?

    Generally no, the money you receive from third persons is not included in the child support calculation. However, there are cases that provide that regularly occurring gifts which are likely to continue in the future are counted as income for purpose of child support.

  • My employer provides me with a free company car that I used all the time. How does this impact the child support?

    The value of the personal use of the company car is included as income for purposes of child support.

  • I pay child support for children of a prior relationship, how does this affect the child support I will pay in my current divorce?

    If the child support you pay for the children of a prior relationship is actually paid, then this amount will be deducted from your income in determining your child support in your current divorce.

  • I pay for my children’s health insurance, does this factor into the child support calculation?

    Yes, the amount one parent pays for the children’s health insurance is factored into the child support calculation.

  • My children attend day care, which I pay for, how does this affect the child support?

    If the children are attending day care because you are working, looking for work or going to school, then the amount that you pay for day care is factored into the child support calculation.

  • My children are involved in extracurricular activities such as dance and football. How does this impact the child support that my spouse pays?

    Generally, the cost of extracurricular activities is not included in the child support calculation. However, often times the parties will agree or the Court will order that the parties split the costs of extracurricular activities in addition to the child support that is paid.

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