Is mediation right for your case?

On behalf of Furr & Cohen, P.A. posted in Divorce on Wednesday, August 24, 2016.

There are times when you would like to have matters settled by a court, out of your hands, open and shut so that you can move on, without dwelling unnecessarily in logistics and negotiations. Those feelings are not uncommon when dealing with divorce. However, as with most court dealings, it pays to be involved in your case and to invest in the outcome. While the case may be over more quickly when you minimize your involvement or representation, the effects can be extremely far-reaching and jeopardize your lifestyle. This is why mediation may be a solid choice for many.

Mediation keeps many private matters out of the court and requires both you and your spouse to negotiate the outcome of your divorce and property division issues. When you mediate a divorce, even though a judge ultimately has to sign off on whatever you and your soon-to-be ex offer, neither of you have to actually step foot into court.

Many attorneys now offer mediation services. If your attorney is a mediator, keep in mind that he or she cannot give legal advice when put in the role of a mediator. A mediator will collaborate with both parties, working toward the goal of leaving with their needs met and their opinions heard. Nothing can be enforced without your signing off on it first.

If you desire to remain out of court and work with your partner to terminate your marriage in a manner in which you both can find favor, you may benefit from contacting a Florida family law attorney. You may also benefit from working with an attorney to review any agreement you, your spouse and your mediator construct.