Florida Family Law Mediator

Mediation Myths: My Case Won't Settle at Mediation

Multiple studies have shown that the vast majority of parties who mediate reach an agreement that settles all of the issues raised by their case. Very few cases are tried before a Judge. Only about 15% of all family law cases are tried before Judge. At the MSW Mediation Center, we have mediated many difficult cases. Often attorneys and Judges specifically recommend us as a mediator for highly contested. We have a settlement rate in excess of 90%. Let us help you settle your case. Call today at 941-627-3667 to schedule your mediation today.

Mira Should Be Your Mediator

In Florida, the requirements to become a Certified Family Law Mediator are minimal. Anyone who possesses a college degree in any subject, completes a 30-hour training program, and participates in a brief mentorship can become a Certified Family Law Mediator. These minimal requirements often lead to individuals being certified as family law mediators, who have very limited experience with the Court system and/or with the issues presented in most family law cases.

Inadequately trained and insufficiently experienced mediators, although well-intentioned, can unknowingly do more harm than good. These mediators frequently draft agreements that are impossible to perform, are incomplete, and/or ambiguous. A poorly drafted agreement causes confusion, frustrates the parties, and leads to future litigation.

As an experienced attorney, I have handled hundreds, if not thousands, of family law cases. I have witnessed, first-hand, the legal and emotional impact of a family law case. With that experience, I am better explain, in general terms, the law to the parties. I, also, understand the emotional turmoil often accompanying a family law case and can suggest effective ways to reduce this stress and ways in which the parties can more respectfully communicate.

In my capacity as an attorney, I have drafted hundreds of settlement agreements from the very complicated to the most basic. As your mediator, I draw upon that experience to help prepare agreements that are clear, concise and easily understood.

Contact me today to schedule your family law mediation and put my experience as a Board Certified Family Lawyer and CPA to work for you.

Give us a call at (941)-627-3667

or email us to schedule your mediation today!

Is Your Family Law Case Going Nowhere?

Many people file a divorce or other family law case, only to find out that it takes months to get hearing times or to get a trial to complete their case. The Courts are overburdened by existing cases and simply cannot get to new cases quickly. Waiting to get before a Judge to resolve your family law case can be very frustrating.

Mediation typically can be scheduled quickly—usually within a couple of weeks of calling the MSW Mediation Center. Once an agreement is reached and the parties have signed the settlement agreement, the Judge usually can finalize the case in a few weeks. Since most of the mediations we conduct result in a settlement, you probably can be complete your case more rapidly by having us help you resolve your case.

Give us a call at (941)-627-3667

or email us to schedule your mediation today!

Reasons to Mediate: Its Private!

There are many reasons to mediate your family law case. One important reason is that mediation is private. This is critical if your case involves sensitive issues or high profile individuals. Most family law cases that are litigated before a judge (including divorces and custody actions) are held in courtrooms that are open to the public. This means that anyone over the age of 18 can come in the courtroom and watch your case. Although it is rare for disinterested people or strangers come to family law court proceedings, court staff, other attorneys, witnesses and other people waiting for their hearings are likely to be present during your case. "Airing your dirty laundry" in public is embarrassing and may expose you to potential harm. So, keep it private and mediate.

Give us a call at (941)-627-3667

or email us to schedule your mediation today!

The Myths of Mediation: Every Issue Must be Resolved

Many people believe that an agreement must be reached on all of the issues raised by their case. That belief is misguided. At mediation, the parties have considerable flexibility when fashioning a settlement. Of course, the parties can come to an agreement on all of the issues raised by their case. But the parties can also enter into a partial settlement agreement that resolves only the issues for which the parties are in agreement, while leaving the disputed issues for the Court to decide. For instance, in a divorce, it is not uncommon for the parties to settle all of the child related issues (i.e., timesharing, child support, etc.), while leaving the division of marital properties and payment of alimony up to the Judge to decide.