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Category Archives: Divorce Mediation


How Long After Mediation Will It Take To Finalize My Divorce?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

The answer to this question depends on the specific facts of a family’s case. In some instances, for example, mediation may not be successful, in which case, its resolution won’t result in the finalization of a divorce. Instead, the parties will need to move forward with litigation, which could take months or even years…. Read More »


Preparing For Mediation

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In Florida, family law courts strongly encourage families to come up with their own divorce settlements in an out-of-court setting. Unfortunately, couples often are unable to do so on their own, in which case, the court may order mediation. Mediation is a flexible type of dispute resolution process, where an impartial third party facilitates… Read More »


The Dangers Of A Do-it-Yourself Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Filing for divorce can be expensive and many couples, in an effort to save on these costs, decide to represent themselves rather than hire an attorney. Unfortunately, even with a wealth of information available to couples about divorce, many struggle when attempting to represent themselves, as merely having access to knowledge doesn’t necessarily mean… Read More »


I Received An Order Of Referral To Family Mediation – What Does That Mean?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Whether you are involved in a divorce, paternity action, are attempting to modify a custody arrangement, or are involved in another type of family law matter, you will likely end up receiving an Order of Referral to Family Mediation. Mediating a case is a lot different than going to court, so if you have… Read More »


Family Mediation In Florida

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Starting in the 1980’s Florida courts started implementing mandatory family mediation, which is a type of alternative dispute resolution for all divorcing couples. Under these rules, both parties to a Florida divorce are required to participate in mediation before litigating their case. Fortunately, many mediation proceedings result in settlement agreements, which means that couples… Read More »


Divorce Mediation Is Mandatory In Florida

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Unlike many states, Florida actually requires divorcing couples to attempt mediation. While not all mediation proceedings are successful, they can save couples a significant amount of time, money, and stress, so making a real attempt to settle your differences is encouraged. Going to mediation does not mean, however, that you won’t need a legal… Read More »


Dividing Challenging Assets During Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

The property division process isn’t always as simple as deciding on the value of a divorcing couple’s assets and making a fair split. Instead, divorcing parties should expect some of their assets to have declined or increased in value during the course of their marriage. In other cases, obtaining a proper valuation of an… Read More »


How Could a Hostile Attitude Toward My Spouse Affect My Divorce?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Ending a marriage can be an emotional and complicated process, so it is not uncommon, even for the most well-intentioned of individuals, to become frustrated during divorce proceedings. Unfortunately, those feelings can have a negative impact on the outcome of a divorce and can also damage family relationships beyond repair. Having an attorney on… Read More »


Alternatives to Litigating Your Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Although divorce is notorious for being a time-consuming and emotional process, there are ways to make the process easier on all of the parties involved. For instance, litigating a divorce is not always necessary, as many couples are able to dissolve their marriages through less acrimonious methods, such as mediation or collaborative divorce. If… Read More »


What You Should Know Before Your First Divorce Mediation Meeting

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Divorce litigation can be time-consuming and stressful, so many couples attempt mediation or arbitration in an effort to come to an out-of-court agreement regarding divorce-related issues, such as custody, alimony, child support, and property division. Although mediation is a good option for couples who are attempting to dissolve their marriages as smoothly, quickly, and… Read More »

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