Family Mediation Can Bring Peaceful Resolution Quickly

As your certified family mediator, I assist and guide the parties toward their own resolution. I do not decide the outcome, but I help the parties understand and focus on the important issues needed to reach an agreement. I am trained and experienced in dispute resolution as a neutral facilitator who helps the parties explore the problem, and find new options to resolve the dispute.

My ultimate role is to do everything necessary to assist parties to reach agreement. In serving this ultimate end, I may take on any or all of the following roles:

Convener

I may assist in contacting the other party to arrange for an introductory meeting.

Educator

I educate the parties about the mediation process, other conflict resolution alternatives, issues that are typically addressed, options and principles that may be considered, research, court standards, etc.

Communication Facilitator

I seek to ensure that each party is fully heard in the mediation process.

Translator

When necessary, I can help by rephrasing or reframing communications so that they are better understood and received.

Questioner and Clarifier

I probe issues and confirm understandings to ensure that the participants and I have a full understanding.

 

Reality Checker

I may exercise my own discretion to play devil’s advocate with one or both parties as to the practicality of solutions they are considering or the extent to which certain options are consistent with participants’ stated goals, interests and positive intentions.

Catalyst

By offering options for considerations, stimulating new perspectives and offering reference points for consideration, I serve as a stimulant for the parties reaching agreement.

Responsible Detail Person

I manage and keep track of all necessary information, write up the parties’ agreement, and may assist the parties to implement their agreement.

(reference: mediate.com)

What are some advantages to mediation?

  1. Mediation provides an opportunity to talk with someone who is impartial.
  2. The issues in your dispute are not decided by someone else (self-determination).
  3. What you say in mediation is confidential.
  4. The mediator can help you overcome obstacles to communication with the other person or party in your dispute.
  5. Mediation agreements are enforceable.
  6. A mediated agreement allows you and the other person or party to reach flexible solutions to your dispute.
  7. Mediation is not a trial nor an arbitration.
  8. Mediation can save time and costs.
  9. You know what you have agreed to in mediation instead of gambling with what the judge or jury may decide if you go to court.
  10. Mediation is an opportunity to gain a greater understanding about why the dispute arose.

(reference: https://www.flcourts.org/Resources-Services/Alternative-Dispute-Resolution)

My Practice Areas are primarily in:

  • DIVORCE (Pre/Post Dissolution)
  • RELATIONSHIP DYNAMICS
  • CHILD CUSTODY DISPUTES
  • FAMILY MEDIATION (Certified in Florida)

MEDIATION RATES

Mediation sessions usually last 2-3 hours. Sometimes issues can be resolved in a single session; sometimes additional sessions are needed.
Court Ordered:
$150 per hour with a 2 hour minimum paid in advance. (No penalty for cancellations more than 48 hours in advance.)
Income-based:
Combined income is between $50K-$100K. $120 per person per session
Combined income < $50K. $60 per person per session
Travel fees:

Travel withing Florida Circuit 13, 10 and 9 is not charged a travel fee. All other locations are charged at $1/mile from my offices in Lakeland.