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Category Archives: Divorce Mediation


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 »


The Advantages of Collaborative Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

The process of dissolving a marriage is notorious for being emotionally taxing for all parties involved, especially for those who have children. While the traditional setting for many divorces is the courtroom, other options that involve out-of-court negotiations have become increasingly popular in Florida. Collaborative divorce in particular has saved divorcing parties both time… Read More »

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