Divorce mediators in Orlando are trained to help couples settle divorce outside of court. A dissolution of marriage with children or a simplified divorce handled outside of court without an attorney can happen with divorce mediation. Hiring professional help for your divorce can help you start your life over sooner, with less emotional damage.
In Florida, the divorce laws require that a parenting plan be filed when you are divorcing and have children under 18. The description of what an Orlando divorce mediators job consists of includes how to ensure your parenting plan is right for your family. Using a family mediator that has a mental health background offers the added benefit of someone that understands child development. During mediation you can discuss scenarios that will fit your family’s needs and include them in your parenting plan.
There are child support guidelines in Florida that suggest how child support will be paid. When you share children under the age of 18, the courts determine how those children will be financially supported. Your mediation will include calculating an estimated monthly child support amount based on things such as child care costs, health insurance, and number of overnight visits.
During a dissolution of marriage, your mediator will talk with you about how you wish to separate all assets for equitable distribution. This will include anything from how to divide retirement accounts, property, air travel points, or furniture.
In an Orlando, FL divorce case you will also be required to divide up your debts. During mediation, your mediator will review your financial paperwork for student loans, credit card debts, equity lines, or other loans. It is common for couples to fight over money and normal to want to ensure it gets split evenly during a divorce. Your divorce mediator will provide you with the most up to date resources on how these things are normally handled.
During a marriage there is often marital property that needs to be divided during a divorce. The court considers marital property an asset and it is important to list it appropriately on your divorce papers. Your divorce mediator will be able to present to you’re the current Florida divorce laws on how to divide assets and debts. A mediator is trained in how to resolve conflict and negotiate terms of your marital settlement equitably. The value of the marital property will be established and a plan for how to divide, sell, or refinance the house, if necessary, will be discussed. Once you have determined the right option for your divorce, then those terms will be written into your marital settlement agreement.
Alimony laws in Florida refer to spousal support in a way that is “need” vs “ability to pay.” It is more commonly allowed in divorce cases where a couple has been married for longer than 7 years and one person makes a significant amount less than the other. The purpose of spousal support is to supplement the discrepancy in income so that each person can have close to equal footing. Each divorce case is unique, and the length of the marriage does not always equal rights to alimony. There are many factors that will be considered when the court considers a request for alimony. Your mediator for divorce in Orlando will answer alimony questions regarding your rights according to the divorce laws in Florida. A divorce mediator will be able to foster a positive discussion between the two of you, in an effort to reach terms you are both happy with.
Divorce mediation is a more cost-effective option when compared to litigation with divorce attorneys. You can expect to pay an hourly rate which will range based on several factors, including the details of your divorce case. Most divorcing couples split the fee in half, but also find that it is affordable if they decide not to do so. This fee will be limited to a set amount of hours, unlike a legal divorce case. If a case is not able to be resolved in mediation, it will be referred out to divorce lawyer consultation. The mediation process is designed to give clients a safe, cost-effective, neutral forum to negotiate terms and reach a mutual agreement.
Heather Oller is a licensed mental health professional with a Masters degree in counseling and psychology. She is an expert therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Counseling & Conflict Resolution and is a Florida certified family court mediator. She is also a qualified Parent Coordinator. She specializes in conflict resolution and alternative dispute resolution.Schedule Your Consultation