Fort Lauderdale Divorce Mediation Attorney
Mediation is a great choice for couples who agree that they want to end their marriage, but need some help working out the details of their divorce, such as property division, child custody, child support and alimony. At Sandra Bonfiglio, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale, we often help clients resolve divorce cases through mediation, contact our experienced Fort Lauderdale divorce mediation attorney today.
Divorce Mediation Services in Fort Lauderdale & Boca Raton
Very simply, mediation lets you and your spouse determine the details of your divorce instead of a judge. Our firm represents clients in mediation, protecting their interests and advising them on the law. Prior to mediation, the parties and their lawyers should meet several times, and prepare almost like a trial. This is because many important issues, such as property division, child custody, child support and alimony, may be discusses and negotiated—and hopefully agreed upon—during mediation.
What to Expect During Mediation
A mediator’s role is to help you and your spouse agree on how to end your relationship, not to give legal advice or defend one spouse’s position over the other. Over the course of the mediation, the mediator helps identify issues to be resolved and then works to negotiate and reach an agreement on those issues. Once an agreement has been reached, he or she makes sure that you and your spouse understand the consequences of your agreement.
Our firm reviews the final mediation agreement to ensure that it is fair and that it addresses all of the issues that need to be resolved. We appear with you at the final hearing when the court approves your agreement and grants your divorce.
Benefits of Divorce Mediation
There are many benefits associated with using mediation to settle divorce and other family law matters, including:
- Mediation is confidential, which means anything said at the meetings cannot be used against you should the matter end up in court. This allows parties to speak openly during the mediation proceedings.
- Mediating your divorce cuts down on your legal costs because there is no trial.
- Divorce mediation often produces faster settlements than litigation.
- Parties are often more satisfied with solutions that have been mutually agreed upon than with determinations made by a court.
- Parties who have reached their own agreement are also more likely to comply with its terms.
- Mediation lessens resentments, clears the air, and reconciles opposing views, enabling parties to better interact with each other—if necessary—after divorce.
Attorney Sandra Bonfiglio has been part of numerous mediation proceedings, and has seen many conflicts fairly and favorably resolved through open discussion and negotiation. In most cases, clients appreciate avoiding the cost, time and stress of litigation and trial.
Learn More about Divorce Mediation in Florida
Many Florida families have discovered the benefits of resolving divorce, paternity, custody and other legal conflicts through mediation. To see if mediation is a good option for you, please contact Fort Lauderdale divorce mediation attorney, Sandra Bonfiglio, P.A. to schedule a consultation.