Tampa Divorce Mediation Attorneys Help Clients Find Solutions
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Divorce mediation is a process for reaching a marital settlement and avoiding a trial in court on the issues of your divorce. In mediation, a neutral third party hears from each spouse on the various issues and guides the parties toward a mutually beneficial compromise. At Sessums Law Group, our attorneys prepare clients in Tampa and the surrounding areas for divorce mediation and assist with negotiations to protect their rights. We also review the final settlement before our client signs the document and presents it to the court for approval. With our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys supporting you, divorce mediation can be a useful tool for saving you time, money and stress.
When should a couple choose mediation?
It’s generally wise to try mediation whenever there is disagreement that might force a trial on an issue. Mediation is less expensive than litigation, and since you do it on your own schedule, rather than the court’s, mediation can go much faster. Most couples enter mediation after they have filed for divorce and financial disclosures are complete. Mediation can be voluntary when both parties agree or the other party can petition the court to order mediation when parties can’t reach an agreement.
Some couples engage in “pre-suit mediation,” meaning they enter mediation before either spouse files for divorce. This can greatly facilitate an uncontested divorce, but to protect your property interests, you should never engage in any kind of mediation until financial disclosures are complete.
Understanding the advantages of divorce mediation
Besides potentially saving you time and money, mediation has other advantages:
- Mediation is more of a cooperative process, so it is potentially less acrimonious.
- Mediation is conducted in private and is completely confidential; a court hearing is public and creates a public record.
- Mediation keeps you and your spouse in charge of the outcome, rather than placing the issues in the hands of a judge.
- Mediation helps build understanding, which can be helpful if you have children you must continue to co-parent.
Even with these advantages, mediation can be taxing. The sessions can be long, and it can seem as if you are making no progress. But if you are a good candidate for mediation, if you commit to the process, and if you receive good guidance from an experienced family law attorney, you can obtain a favorable outcome in much less time and for less money than if you had argued your case in court.
Mediation is not for everyone. If trust and communication have completely broken down, or if there is a history of domestic violence in the relationship, mediation may not be the right choice for you.
Contact our knowledgeable family lawyers for assistance with divorce mediation in Tampa
If you are headed for divorce in the Tampa Bay area, Sessums Law Group can help you reach a marital settlement through divorce mediation. We provide reliable counsel through every step of the divorce mediation process. Please call 813-435-5058 or contact us online to schedule an appointment at our Tampa office.