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What Is Divorce Mediation? Your Divorce Mediation Questions Answered

Divorce Mediation

What is Family Mediation?

Mediation provides a confidential place to work out your divorce, paternity, custody, and/or parenting plan issues. For over 30 years, mediation has been used to resolve conflict outside of court. In Central Florida, mediation is required for divorce or paternity cases. Family mediation allows you to make decisions about your divorce with the help of a neutral expert. It is not a "win-lose" experience which often happens when a judge is made to determine your fate. Mediation gives you the power to identify your family's goals and how you want to divide finances, parenting, and other important matters.

How Does it Work?

Divorce mediation and family mediation is done in a safe, comfortable space. There are areas where you can be apart while discussing things privately, or a room where you can all meet together. Your Orlando divorce mediator will be an expert in negotiation and conflict resolution and sensitive the emotional elements that accompany divorce as well. The process is also designed to move as fast or as slow as you need it to, but mediation has proven to be more time and cost effective than litigated divorces. This gives everyone a chance to move forward with their lives more quickly.

What are the Benefits of Mediation?

Mediation for divorce in Orlando is proven to take less time than a court litigated divorce, paternity, or time-sharing case. The Orlando divorce mediator that you use has special training in conflict resolution, productive communication, and Florida divorce laws. Your Orlando mediator will be neutral facilitator who is trained to help you reach an agreement that is mutual.

An added benefit of mediation is that all discussions are confidential and unlike court proceedings, nothing will be filed or used against you at a later time. The mediation process is a safe place where you won't feel intimidated or anxious like you might in court or with attorneys. The environment where your Orlando mediation will take place is much different than a judge's court room. You will be in a relaxed, professional office with a mediator trained to diffuse conflict and stay focused on achieving goals.

What Do We Discuss During Mediation?

All topics regarding separation, divorce, time-sharing, spousal support, child support, debts and assets, modification to existing judgments, or parenting plan issues can be addressed. Everything that is brought to the table is confidential and can not be used later in a court hearing or filed with the court proceedings.

What is the Mediator’s Role?

Focusing on the future is a critical part of the mediation process. Your Orlando divorce mediator is expertly skilled at helping you resolve your issues in a timely and productive manner. The reason why mediation is so much more successful than litigation is that you have a neutral, expert working with you rather than an adversarial team working against each other. The entire process is designed to facilitate healthy change, not contribute to more emotional or financial damage.

With a mental health background and experienced divorce mediation skills, you will have a valuable guide for your divorce case. You will fin that reaching resolution in a timely manner. Starting with initial conversations to the actual finalization of your marital settlement agreement and parenting plan, you will be able to work together for your own terms. If you can not reach an agreement, you can rest assured that any progress you made will not be lost. You can finalize any additional issues through a judge and still have reduced the time and expense of a lengthy court litigated case by using divorce mediation in Orlando. Call (407) 704-6061 today to discuss your case.

Heather Oller

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.

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