March 25, 2020
What is a mediation? And, what is a divorce mediator? Mediation is a process where a third, neutral, party helps a couple negotiate and resolve issues regarding their divorce. The mediator helps guide the couple through the list of decisions required in a divorce and is seen as a less stressful and less aggressive way to go about it, especially if children are involved.
The divorce mediator does not represent either party. Their main job is to help both parties reach agreements on divorce-related issues concerning finances, dividing assets, alimony, child support and custody, parenting plans and more.
Mediation is more affordable than hiring a divorce lawyer to go to trial with you. Even if you hire a mediator who is a family law attorney, they cannot file paperwork on your behalf or provide you with legal advice. However, mediators can prepare documents for you and give you instructions on how to file the paperwork.
If you want to go to trial, get legal advice, or need someone to file your paperwork, you must hire a family law/divorce attorney as an attorney and not as a mediator. Or, you can hire your own attorney on the side for legal advice and seek out another person as a mediator. With a mediator, all decisions are made outside of court.
Although a mediator cannot give legal advice, they can give suggestions on how the couple can resolve issues.
A mediation works best for couples who are on the same page with most decisions, did not come to fight, and who are willing to meet the other spouse halfway. If you are unable to talk amicably with your spouse, you may need to hire separate divorce attorneys and pass on mediation.
At the Dorsey Law Firm, we attempt to negotiate settlements, but are willing to take a case to trial or appeal, if necessary.
Need a Divorce Lawyer in Jacksonville, FL?
The decision of whether you need a mediator or divorce attorney is up to you, as it is dependent on your financial situation, relationship with your partner, and whether or not you have children involved.
William J. Dorsey is a divorce attorney and understands each divorce case is unique. Give us a call and we can help you determine if you need mediation or if your case needs to go to trial.
As a Jacksonville divorce attorney, with more than 35 years of experience in the state of Florida, Dorsey knows Florida divorce law and how to apply it to get his clients the best possible outcome. He guides his clients through the entire process.
If you are considering divorce, our team would be happy to help you learn more about the divorce process in Florida. By hiring a divorce attorney, you’re laying the groundwork for a better result, especially if your divorce is complicated.
William J. Dorsey founded the Dorsey Law Firm in 1975 and has practiced family law and tried numerous trials throughout Florida in state and federal courts.
To request your in-person consultation at The Dorsey Law Firm’s Jacksonville Law Office or if you have any questions, call 904-346-3883 or click our Jacksonville Divorce Attorney page for more information.