When Should We Try Mediation in Our Divorce? What If It Doesn’t Work?
Alternative dispute resolution is highly encouraged in family disputes like divorce, child parental responsibility and timesharing, paternity, etc. In Sarasota, Bradenton, and Venice, Florida, it is required at least once in all family law cases. In family law, the primary type of alternative dispute resolution is mediation, which is universally embraced and promoted by the judicial system. In Sarasota and Venice, it is now actually required twice currently according to local court rules— once for temporary relief issues and once for addressing all issues pertaining to your divorce or family law case.
Several advantages result from resolving divorces and family disputes by mediation. However, it is not all the time that a divorce or family law mediation will result in a final solution. Therefore, the questions you might be forced to ask yourself are: When should we try mediation? What if it doesn’t work? Consulting with divorce attorneys in Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice, FL at the Law Offices of Matthew Z. Martell will answer all your questions on divorce and family law mediation from a legal professional’s point of view. Sarasota Divorce Attorney Matthew Z. Martell is also a licensed and certified Florida Supreme Court Florida family law mediator. Therefore, he is very well placed to advise you on when and how often mediation is best utilized in your divorce or family law case.
There are various reasons why mediation can be the best legal recourse for your family law dispute. For example, if you want to maintain a good relationship with your spouse for the sake of the children, then mediation is normally the best way to do so. Courts make most every decision concerning minor children using the principle of the child’s best interests. Hence, a Court will most likely refer you to mediation anyway at least once during your divorce or family law case as a way of attempting to maintain a healthy environment for the sake of the children. Sarasota Florida divorce mediator Matthew Z. Martell is committed to attempting to build civil family bonds in our divorce and family law cases. But at the same time, we do so with the best legal interests of our clients in mind at all times.
It has been my experience in the past that sometimes the attorneys and parties rush to mediation with no clear plan or goals for mediation. The thinking of the Husband and Wife is often that the mediator is more like a judge and that he or she also has some special powers (or a magic legal wand that he/she is going to waive at mediation and miraculously make everything better). When going into a divorce of family law mediation unprepared, the net result is normally no agreement is reached and mediation is often a disaster. However, when divorce mediation doesn’t work, your family dispute does not end since there is always the option of simply returning to court and letting the Judge or Magistrate decide it for you. Therefore, when divorce mediation doesn’t work and is not successful, our divorce attorneys in Sarasota will proceed to help you move your divorce or family law dispute forward in Court. With our seasoned experience in divorce and family law in the Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice, FL, you have a guarantee that all the issues at hand will be handled in professional and highly competent manner and in the most diligent way possible.
Hire a Sarasota Divorce Attorney who knows mediation what to expect at your divorce mediation
If you are looking to make things easier for yourself, contact the Law Offices of Matthew Z. Martell and let us make the divorce mediation process easier for you. We know what to expect because we go to divorce mediations all the time in Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice, Florida, We intentionally limit the number of cases and clients we take so that we have enough time to properly prepare and handle divorce and family law mediations with a high success rate. Please contact Sarasota Divorce Attorney Matthew Martell at (941) 556-7020 for a 30-minute free initial phone consultation. We are here to help you with your Sarasota, Bradenton, and Venice divorce and family law mediation.