Mediation can help families resolve conflicts. For divorces and family/child custody disputes in the court system it is often required by the court, but it can also be helpful in matters where a court case has not yet been filed.
As family mediator, my job is to help people and families with disputes to get them worked out and let folks move on with their lives. Family mediations are unique because much depends on the people and personalities involved, their feelings and goals and in what is important to each person. As no two people are completely alike, neither are views in a family dispute. It is unlike any business or other type of dispute because it is often deeply personal.
Sometimes, the parties are so entrenched or angry that the dispute really does need to be decided by a judge or jury. Unfortunately, there is never any way to be sure about what a court will decide, so there is always a risk that a court’s decision may result in serious financial hardships or loss of time shared with a child or children. Many time people realize at mediation that they can control much of the outcome through this process and not lose what may be most important to them.
That is why mediation works. In an informal setting, parties and if they are represented by counsel, their attorneys, can meet and discuss all the facts of the dispute in a setting where what is discussed cannot be used in the court proceeding. This results in a level of candor and frankness between the parties that actually helps each party understand the other side’s position, and allows for well informed choices. The mediator also learns what is important to the people involved, and can assist in getting issues resolved. settlement. Here, the parties make their own choices, and can avoid the cost and heartache of a lengthy court battle, appeals, and the possibility of a court making a decision that could be very painful for you.
As mediator, I take great satisfaction in helping people. I believe it is most important to spend time with both parties and listen to them. Only by listening to each party and hearing what is important to each of them can determine if a dispute can be settled and what it will take from each side to get it done.
Over my career I have been an advocate in hundreds of mediations and I know what it takes to get cases settled. I bring a high energy level and focused solution based approach to helping people work through disputes. My fees are quite competitive. If you are in need of a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, I hope you will consider allowing me the opportunity to be of service.
2 party case: $100 per party per hour, with a 3 hour minimum
3 party case: $75 per party per hour with a 3 hour minimum
4 or more party case: $50 per party per hour