Mediation FAQs

mediationHow much does mediation cost?
Attorney Amber Boles charges $250.00 per hour.

How long does a mediation last?
A mediation can typically last anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days, depending on the complexity of the issues at hand and the parties ability to come to an agreement.

Are there advantages to mediation?
Mediation is generally less costly than resolving a dispute through the traditional court system. The greatest advantage for most clients is the satisfaction of having input in resolving their issues rather than having a judge make their personal decisions for them.

Which types of cases are eligible for mediation?
Nearly every family law matter is suitable for mediation, such as cases involving divorce, paternity, child custody, and child support.

Who can participate in the mediation process?
All parties involved in the legal dispute are able to participate in mediation. The number can range from two parties, (such as a Husband/Wife or Mother/Father) to any number of people (if there are more than two litigants). If the parties have retained attorneys, they may also attend the mediation to advise their clients during the process and on the final terms of the agreement once reached.

Do I have to attend mediation in my divorce case?
It is a requirement in the state of Florida in all family cases that the parties attend a mediation conference. The Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure requires the parties to go to mediation both before any temporary relief can be granted by the court and prior to a final hearing or trial being held in the case.

What is the role of the mediator?
The mediator is a neutral party whose goal is to help the parties find a resolution to their personal issues and concerns. Any agreement must be reached by consent of all parties involved. Mediators will not take sides or give legal advice to any of the parties involved in the mediation.

Is the mediation settlement legally binding?
Once the mediation agreement is signed by both parties it becomes a legally enforceable contract.

Do I have to sign an agreement during the mediation process?
There is no mandate for the parties to come to an agreement during mediation. A mediator cannot force any party to sign an agreement.

What is the next step once both parties agree to settle?
The mediator prepares a settlement agreement that is reviewed and then signed by all parties involved in the process. The agreement is then submitted to the court for a judge’s review and approval and ultimately will be prepared and entered as a Final Judgment.

If I can’t come to an agreement what happens next?
If the parties cannot reach a final agreement during the process, sometimes the mediator will suggest signing a partial settlement and continuing discussions to a later date. If the parties cannot agree it will be declared an impasse and continue through the court system.

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