Is Divorce Mediation Required in Florida?

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What is Divorce Mediation?

Divorce mediation is a process that helps couples reach a peaceful agreement on the issues of their divorce. It presents an alternative to litigating in court and usually takes less time, money, and emotional involvement for all parties involved. With the help of a neutral mediator, couples can navigate through difficult conversations without becoming overwhelmed or losing sight of their goals. Each person has the chance to present their opinion, while the mediator works to maintain order and understanding.

Are Florida Spouses Required to Try Mediation?

In the state of Florida, some counties may order divorcing spouses to try mediation before filing for a divorce in court. This requirement is meant to evaluate whether the couple can reach an agreement outside of court by discussing important topics such as alimony, child custody, and asset division. If both parties agree to mediate and don't reach any resolutions, then the traditional legal path (litigation) is taken once again.

Signs You and Your Spouse Can Succeed in Mediation

While the process is not always easy, here are signs that you and your spouse will succeed:

  • Approaching the situation with open minds;
  • Being willing to listen and commit to resolving issues together;
  • Having a realistic mindset and expectations regarding outcomes;
  • Being able to honestly share thoughts and feelings without blaming or attacking each other;
  • Showing respect for each other's points of view;
  • Communicating effectively without resorting to name-calling or disrespect;
  • And showing commitment to negotiating fairly.

An experienced divorce attorney can be extremely helpful when navigating the complex and emotional process of mediation. Working with an attorney who understands the delicate interactions between clients and mediators helps provide both practical and emotional support throughout the mediation and divorce process.

Tampa, Florida Divorce Attorneys

At Harris, Hunt & Derr, P.A., we’re dedicated to providing clients with the best legal advice and divorce representation possible. Reach out to our team today to discuss your divorce case and get the personalized approach you need. (813) 223-5421.

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