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How much do you know about divorce mediation?

Most people might not realize it, but January has been referred to as "divorce month" in legal circles for quite some time. That's because data has consistently shown that the number of divorce filings jumps across much of the nation over this otherwise mundane time of the year.

While no one can provide a single explanation for the phenomenon that is divorce month, the theories range from people making exiting an unhappy marriage their primary resolution for the New Year to people simply wanting to divorce on the backburner in order to enjoy the holidays.

Whatever the reason, those who have either filed for divorce or who are actively considering this step may be uncertain as to how they wish to proceed. For instance, what if they want to avoid the difficulties that accompany traditional divorce litigation?

People in this situation might want to consider alternatives to the traditional divorce process, including divorce mediation.

What is divorce mediation?

In general, divorce mediation involves the two spouses coming together outside of the courtroom to reach an agreement on such important - and frequently divisive -- issues as child custody, property division and alimony with the help of a third party mediator.

Who exactly is this mediator and what do they do?

The mediator is tasked with facilitating a constructive dialogue between the divorcing spouses and helping them work toward mutually acceptable solutions. Indeed, those divorce mediators certified by the Supreme Court of Florida must abide by rules and regulations that essentially call for them to maintain complete neutrality, work for the good of both parties and never foist an agreement on either party.

Is divorce mediation always voluntary?    

While couples can always elect to end their marriage via divorce mediation, it's important to note that there are some Florida counties that require spouses to attempt mediation before proceeding to trial.

We will continue this discussion in future posts. In the meantime, please consider speaking with an experienced legal professional if you would like to learn more about divorce mediation or the divorce process in general. 

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