Mediation

Family Law issues will generally lead to mediation as most courts in the State of Florida require the parties to attend mediation prior to a hearing on any matter.

Mediation allows both parties an opportunity to make their own decisions for their family and future, rather than leaving the decision to the Family Court judge. Family law mediation provides a level of control over the outcome that is not possible once the case goes to trial and is generally a quicker way to resolve a divorce.

What is mediation in family law cases?

Mediation is a confidential process that gives parties who disagree on issues in their family law case help in reaching an agreement. It is facilitated by a neutral and impartial person trained in problem solving.

Attorney Natalie F. Baird, Esq., is experienced in mediation and as a board certified inactive family law attorney, brings a knowledge which assists the parties in creating a custom agreement.

What kind of family law cases are mediated?

Any type of family law case may be mediated. If there is a disagreement over timesharing of minor children, allocation of debt and distribution of property, alimony, child support and other issues, the parties may (with or without their lawyers) call a mediator to help them resolve their disputes. In cases related to children, mediation is available whether or not the parents of the minor child were married. In addition, domestic violence cases and high conflict cases can be mediated, with the safety of the participants a primary goal during mediations. The Courts encourage mediation of disputes in family law cases because the Court process often fails to adequately resolve disputed issues.

What is the cost of family law mediation?

Natalie Baird, Esq. charges reasonable rates for mediation. Please contact our office for specific rates to mediate your case. Most parties will divide the cost of mediation; however, the parties can agree to a mediation fee payment arrangement if they desire.

How do I schedule a family law mediation?

Simply call the Baird Law Group and schedule a mediation time or check our calendar now for available dates and times.

What happens at the end of family law mediation?

If the parties reach an agreement at mediation, the mediator will draw up an agreement that the parties sign. The agreement will be presented to the Court and the parties can then set a final hearing on the matter to complete the divorce. On the other hand, if the parties do not come to an agreement, an impasse is declared and the mediator will submit a document stating the parties did not reach an agreement. Thereafter, the parties will submit the issues before the Judge.