Mediation does not have to be something that two spouses have to be nervous about because it is not an arduous process. That is because the worst thing that can happen is that the parties walk away without having reached a mediated settlement agreement. Our Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediators at Mediation of Coral Springs, Inc. attempt to make both parties feel comfortable and at ease throughout the entire mediation process. However, this does not mean that there may not be some bumps in the road – so to speak – during mediation.
One of the benefits about mediating after filing a Florida Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is that it is not absolutely necessary that either party has to hire an attorney in order to mediate their case; but that doesn’t mean that the parties can’t be represented by an attorney during mediation. In fact, most of the cases that our Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediators mediate involve either one or both parties being represented by an attorney who is licensed to practice law in Florida.
Another part of mediation that can help settle one or both parties’ nerves is that our Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediators at Mediation of Coral Springs, Inc. don’t require that both spouses do not have to be in the same room during the mediation process, and it also even possible for the parties to even see each other during their mediation.
When the parties are not in the same room, this is termed as to “caucus”. The Caucus is what our Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediators consider during the mediation process as a private, confidential meeting of members of one side of a dispute in order to discuss different options in an attempt to come to a resolution to their Florida Family Law dispute. The parties can meet in caucus without the mediator and consult in private with their attorney(s). Most important about caucus, when our Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediators are in the room with a party discussing Family Law issues, anything stated to our mediators is confidential and can’t be released to the other party without the permission of the disclosing party. The nice thing about this “confidentiality” is that it allows a party to openly discuss the issues and explain his or her concerns without the other party from knowing what their concerns are. It also allows that party to discuss his or her strategy behind making specific offers and concessions without tipping his or her hand to the other party as to why the offer or concession was made.
While mediating a Florida Family Law case is a very serious matter because it can have a lifelong impact on the parties, it should not be intimidating or something people don’t look forward to attending because it is supposed to be a friendly setting where our Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediators at Mediation of Coral Springs, Inc. assist two parties come to a full resolution of your Florida Family Law issues.