Mediation is the better way to resolve family law disputes. At Lewert Law in Boca Raton, our founding lawyer, Tina L. Lewert, Esquire, is not only a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law, but she is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator. With extensive trial experience in all areas of Florida family law, Ms. Lewert has witnessed personally the anger and hurt that can accompany emotionally-charged family disputes. These cases exhaust everyone who is involved with their considerable time, expense, and acrimony. Even after the court enters a final order to resolve disputed issues, the costs – both financial and emotional – rarely turn out to be in anyone’s best interests. If you believe your divorce and related disputes can be resolved outside of the courtroom through the mediation process, call Lewert Law and speak to an experienced Boca Raton mediation lawyer immediately.
MEDIATED DIVORCES IN FLORIDA
If you have a pending case in Florida, don’t expect to use your sixth amendment rights to a speedy trial, if your case is one of a civil nature. Florida courtrooms are packed and the wait to get a trial date is much longer than you might think. The serious overload of cases has prompted judges to require mediation for these types of cases since they tend to streamline the process and relieve the judges of countless hours of emotionally-charged family disputes. Mediation, outside of the courtroom, can provide the best resolution for all involved; it is faster and more affordable. For those waiting on child support orders, divorce cases, and family disputes, a decision to mediate may be a better option.
In theory, divorces are supposed to be ugly battles, like the movie, “War of the Roses” but it doesn’t have to be like that at all. You don’t want to be married anymore for whatever reasons but the time, money, and energy that it takes to stage a battle like that is emotionally exhausting and is way too much effort.
Consider a collaborative divorce. This process is where both spouses do have their own legal representation and make use of a mediator as opposed to going to court. Together, you come to an agreement about property, assets, child support, visitation, alimony, and the children. Between the attorneys and the mediator a settlement is drawn up.
There are many benefits to a collaborative divorce, including but not limited to:
- They are much faster
- Less expensive
- Less emotional stress
If you are unsure, then take the time to consider your unique situation. A mediator’s job is to remain a neutral party who only helps the negotiation process; they have no power to decide the case. Being present with your attorney in a very flexible and informal setting provides a sense of comfort to an otherwise trying time.
Continuous legal representation throughout the process is likely a wise choice for both so that no one side has the advantage. A lawyer that is experienced in family law can explain the process in advance and let you know what to expect. This type of divorce also provides much less strain to the family.
MEDIATION IS THE BETTER WAY
The state of Florida’s court system relies heavily on mediation for family law disputes and for that reason they have one of the most comprehensive court-connected mediation programs in the country. There are 20 judicial circuit courts and every one of them regularly uses the mediation system. Cases routinely go to mediation before any lawsuits are filed, as well as family law disputes.
In the US, more than half of all marriages will end in divorce because we are a society plagued with domestic violence, infidelity, and just plain loss of interest in the sanctity of marriage. This has led to such family dysfunction that it becomes hard to even recognize. Mediation lets divorced or divorcing spouses self-determine the outcomes of their disagreements. It helps families avoid emotional confrontations and find practical solutions that are creative, fair to both parents, and in the best interests of the children. Moving forward from mediation, parents and children have the opportunity for a more meaningful and fulfilled life without being consumed by old arguments, grudges, and resentments. When an agreement is reached rather than imposed by a judge – who is, let’s face it, a stranger to your family – the likelihood that everyone will be satisfied and treated fairly is far higher. Through mediation, both sides can hammer out the details of their divorce and custody agreements. By working with professional family law mediators, both parties can focus on their own interests and on the best interests of their children.
Mediation offers a safe and private haven where parties can constructively discuss important issues and reach the best possible outcome for themselves and their families. You should always have your lawyer present during the mediation process, even though you may be told it is not necessary. Private mediators do well mediating but they will not offer you legal advice, so you will need a lawyer. It is also in your best interest to hire a lawyer that knows Florida laws, if your case is in pending there.
HIRE A FLORIDA SUPREME COURT CERTIFIED MEDIATOR
Boca Raton mediation lawyer, Tina L. Lewert has been certified to mediate family law cases by the Florida Supreme Court. When you are dealing with the complicated issues that accompany divorce, you need a family law mediator who combines a knowledge of Florida law with extensive experience litigating and mediating family law cases. Tina. L. Lewart understands the ins and outs of mediation, including:
- Confidentiality of mediation communications
- Codes of conduct
- Conflicts of interest
- How to oversee mediated agreements
- Coercion and duress by a third party
At Lewert Law, we explain your options, protect your rights, and help you take the right legal steps toward a brighter future. Schedule an appointment with an experienced Boca Raton mediation lawyer by phone at 561-220-0123 or by e-mail through this website to discuss your options and legal rights as quickly as possible.