First Coast Family Mediation in Jacksonville proudly serves families throughout North Florida, including Duval, Clay, St. Johns and Nassau counties.
What is Family Mediation?
Simply put, family mediation allows parties in a legal dispute to come together in an informal, yet structured, setting to explore solutions to their family law issues. This is done with the help of a neutral third party, or mediator, such as John Leombruno.
Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process, so you can feel free to discuss every possible scenario without pressure or constraints. Also, the details of your family mediation cannot be used by either party at later hearings if an agreement is not reached.
What is the Florida Statute for Mediation?
The statutory and legal definition of mediation can be found in Section 44.1011(2), Florida Statutes.
(2) "Mediation" means a process whereby a neutral third person called a mediator acts to encourage and facilitate the resolution of a dispute between two or more parties. It is an informal and non-adversarial process with the objective of helping the disputing parties reach a mutually acceptable and voluntary agreement. In mediation, decision-making authority rests with the parties. The role of the mediator includes, but is not limited to, assisting the parties in identifying issues, fostering joint problem solving, and exploring settlement alternatives. "Mediation" includes:
(a) "Appellate court mediation," which means mediation that occurs during the pendency of an appeal of a civil case.
(b) "Circuit court mediation," which means mediation of civil cases, other than family matters, in circuit court. If a party is represented by counsel, the counsel of record must appear unless stipulated to by the parties or otherwise ordered by the court.
(c) "County court mediation," which means mediation of civil cases within the jurisdiction of county courts, including small claims. Negotiations in county court mediation are primarily conducted by the parties. Counsel for each party may participate. However, presence of counsel is not required.
(d) "Family mediation" which means mediation of family matters, including married and unmarried persons, before and after judgments involving dissolution of marriage; property division; shared or sole parental responsibility; or child support, custody, and visitation involving emotional or financial considerations not usually present in other circuit civil cases. Negotiations in family mediation are primarily conducted by the parties. Counsel for each party may attend the mediation conference and privately communicate with their clients. However, presence of counsel is not required, and, in the discretion of the mediator, and with the agreement of the parties, mediation may proceed in the absence of counsel unless otherwise ordered by the court.
(e) "Dependency or in need of services mediation," which means mediation of dependency, child in need of services, or family in need of services matters. Negotiations in dependency or in need of services mediation are primarily conducted by the parties. Counsel for each party may attend the mediation conference and privately communicate with their clients. However, presence of counsel is not required and, in the discretion of the mediator and with the agreement of the parties, mediation may proceed in the absence of counsel unless otherwise ordered by the court.
Why Should I Choose Family Mediation?
No one is better qualified as an expert on your life than you. Doesn't it make sense to try family mediation as a way to find solutions that work for your family's unique needs?
Although the family law court system can provide relief, the process can be frustrating and lead to unexpected results. That's because the parties with the most at stake are not the ones making the final decision.
At The Arnold Law Firm, LLC, we believe that no one is more qualified than you when it comes to deciding your future and how your case should end. With mediation, the only one making a decision about your family's future is you.
Which Family Law Issues Can Use a Mediator?
Mediation can be used to deal with a variety of family law issues, including:
- Time sharing
- Parental responsibility
- Equitable distribution
- Spousal support (alimony)
- Child support
- Judgment modifications
If you or a loved one are dealing with legal concerns involving your family, then please contact the Arnold Law Firm, LLC today at 904-731-3800. We welcome men and women from Jacksonville, Orange Park, St. Augustine, Fernandina Beach and beyond.
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