Mediation can potentially save your family thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees and litigation costs. If you have a family law case and wish to engage in mediation, contact the Curry Law Group, P.A. today.
Louis Daniel Lazaro, Esquire, is certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a family law mediator.
The goal of family law mediation is to resolve the parties’ dispute. The mediator’s role is to assist and help the parties to come to a mutual agreement. If an agreement is reached, the parties work together with the mediator to draft and execute a written agreement so that it may then be filed in their divorce action.
The process of mediation opens the lines of communication between the parties and permits the parties to explore all of their options for resolving and settling their disputes.
Everything said in mediation is confidential (except where provided otherwise by law). Nothing said in mediation may be disclosed to anyone other than the parties, their attorneys, and the mediator. This protection of confidentiality is meant to encourage the parties to openly communicate with each other for purposes of addressing all of their concerns and working towards a mutually agreeable resolution.
Mediators that are certified by the Florida Supreme Court are required to comply with rules and statutes that govern how mediations may and may not be conducted. R. 10.100 – 10.900, Florida Rules for Certified and Court Appointed Mediators; Chapter 44, Fla. Stat.
Mediators must remain neutral and cannot be biased toward any party. Mediators do not take sides or make decisions on what the parties should or should not do. Mediators cannot force either party into an agreement. Mediators must always work for the mutual good of both parties and respect the decisions each party makes on what they are willing to offer and whether or not they settle.