Divorce Mediation in Jacksonville
Helping You Make Divorce Affordable and Amicable
When you come to Charles E. Willmott, P.A. for help with your divorce, you can benefit from the fact that I am not only a Board Certified Jacksonville divorce attorney, but have also been a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law mediator since 1999. What does this mean to you? It means that, if you and your spouse are willing to work together to reach a compromise on the issues involved in your divorce, I can help you pursue a swift and amicable uncontested divorce which minimizes the stress and expense involved in legally ending your marriage.
Understanding Divorce Mediation
The divorce courts in Jacksonville and statewide require couples to attend mediation before the judge will hear their case, unless they come to court with a settlement agreement already worked out. Mediation as an alternative dispute resolution approach for settling a divorce is different from the traditional image. Instead of both parties having their own legal representation and entering the courtroom for a heated and often drawn-out battle over issues such as
child custody and property division, you and your spouse come to the negotiating table with the purpose of reaching an amicable and mutually beneficial set of agreements on the issues involved in the divorce.
Advantages of Mediation
Mediation does not depend on you and your spouse already agreeing on how to settle your divorce, but it does require that you are both willing to engage in respectful and constructive communication and to work together to settle the case outside of court. It is usually far preferable to taking the case before a judge in a contested divorce, since it allows both parties to maintain control over the outcome of the situation rather than depending on the arbitrary rulings of the family law judge. Mediation can be especially beneficial for divorcing parents, since in the negotiation process they commonly learn new skills of communication and establish frameworks for discussion while avoiding arguments.
Jacksonville Divorce Lawyers
It is important to understand that the divorce mediator is present as an entirely neutral third party. The purpose of the mediator is to facilitate discussions between you and your spouse and to help keep the environment amicable. While he or she may help to clarify legal issues, the mediator may not advise or advocate for either spouse. The mediator also cannot represent you in court at your final divorce hearing. Mediation is not the ideal solution for every couple, but when it is the best approach it can often make the divorce faster, more affordable and far less stressful for everyone involved. To learn more about divorce mediation and to begin working on your own case, contact me now for an initial consultation.