Mediating a divorce with the services of a skilled family mediator is one alternative to
litigation. Mediation encourages the couple to retain control over the divorce—not the lawyers, not the courts.
Couples may participate in mediation with or without lawyers (pro se). Mediation permits the two people who have the most knowledge of the economic and emotional situation of the family to shape the divorce, giving high priority to the needs of the children.
Mediation offers a confidential setting and can greatly reduce the costs of the divorce process. Couples meet with the mediator together, for as few or as many sessions as it takes to resolve their issues. This way, couples may reach a resolution of their divorce before they have begun legal proceedings or at any time while the divorce is underway. In any case, even in adversarial situations, Florida law requires couples to mediate before they can try the case before a Judge. With voluntary mediation couples can engage a mediator at the beginning of the process, even before the courts are involved.