Choose Family Mediation to help you resolve the issues in your divorce, breakup, or family conflict peacefully
The end of a relationship can be overwhelming even if both of you are expecting it. There are layers of anger, pain, disappointment, and disillusionment. And it can be more complicated if you have children. Custody, support, time sharing, alimony, asset distribution—words most people think they will never hear suddenly become part of your vocabulary. You are spending hours of time with your attorneys and the bills are adding up. The average cost of a contested divorce in Florida is between $15,000.00 to $20,000.00 and it can take as long as two years to settle. Quickly, it becomes adversarial. The world spins out of control. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There is another way: family mediation.
A family mediator is a professional who is trained to work with people who are struggling with conflict around divorce, breakup, or distress in the family. A family mediator is a neutral third party who has no connection to either party involved in the conflict who asks questions and probes each party to think about ways in which they can view the situation to reach a resolution that will best serve everyone’s needs. A family mediator does not function as an attorney, an accountant, a real estate agent or a therapist. They cannot be called to court to testify and everything that takes place in mediation is confidential until the agreement is put into writing and signed by all parties. All present parties in the mediation are bound by confidentiality. Your privacy is protected. If you go to court that is not the case. All your business becomes public knowledge because it’s being heard in a public court in front of a judge.
People in the process of dissolving their relationship and want to do that in the most reasonable way possible. A married couple, domestic partners or the parents of children trying to resolve time-sharing issues. Mediation can help you come to an agreement about parenting, assets and personal belongings and can do so with less hostility and anger. Families in distress who need someone to help them work out anger issues, custody issues, parenting concerns or extended family problems can all benefit from mediation before getting involved in the complex and expensive legal system.
Before the emotional, financial, and spiritual destruction of a lengthy legal battle takes its toll on you and your family. Mediation is a better way. When you go to court, a judge who does not know you or your family can make the decisions that will affect all of you for many years. Hiring a mediator is better than going to court. When you work with a mediator, you can tamp down the harshness and maintain control of what happens to your family. A drawn-out legal battle is costly, painful and serves no one.
Today families choose to come together in many ways. People form a cohesive group that works for them, where they support and love one another and make room for differences. I am comfortable with a non-traditional family and understand the need for every family to have an agreement that will create an equitable structure for all members.
During my career as a therapist and coach, I saw firsthand the destruction that’s done when people do not communicate during the end of a relationship. I am uniquely qualified to work with you to formulate an agreement that meets some of the needs of both parties. Basically, everyone gets something, not everything, they want in mediation. I perform a crucial function by working with both of you in respectful way to facilitate an agreement, acknowledge and work through the issues and assist you in the development of solutions that give both people something of what they want. In addition, I welcome the opportunity to work with non-traditional families.
I am in Lake County, and I can see parties in person if you require that, but it is not necessary. Mediations can be conducted remotely by way of several virtual platforms that are completely secure and confidential.
You may be questioning why you should spend money on mediation during all that’s going on.
You are not spending money on mediation.
You are investing in the foundation of your family’s restructuring.