Florida Family Law Mediator

What you need to know about Family LAw Mediation

What you need to know about Family Law Mediation

What is Mediation? Is an informal process where the parties meet with a Mediator to discuss and explore possible resolutions to their family law case. The goal of the Mediation is to reach an amicable resolution of the issues presented.

What is the Mediator’s Role? The Mediator acts to encourage a resolution of a dispute without dictating what the resolution should be. The Mediator's sole purpose is to help the parties reach a mutually acceptable settlement.

Mediation is
not Arbitration. Arbitration involves presenting the facts of a case and the parties' arguments to an arbitrator, who then renders a decision in the case that may be binding on the parties. The Mediator does not have the authority to decide issues or to "force" a party to settle. The Mediator listens to the parties’ positions and arguments, while helping them to find common ground for settlement.

Is Mediation mandatory? In Florida, the Court typically requires parties with family law cases, such as divorce, paternity, and timesharing to attend mediation. Domestic violence cases and cases for injunctions are usually not ordered to mediate.

Why are parties ordered to Mediation? Because Mediation works. The overwhelming majority of family law cases are settled and not decided by Judge after a trial. Only about 10-15% of all family law cases are tried before a Judge.

Can Mediation occur prior to the filing of a Petition with the Court? Yes. In this instance, the mediation is referred to as a “pre-suit” mediation. Since a formal action has not been filed with the Court, the parties must first agree to attend a pre-suit mediation.

Where does the Mediation take place? The Mediation can take place anywhere the parties what to hold it. However, most often, the Mediation is conducted at the Courthouse or in a private office.

What happens in Mediation? The Mediator is in control of the Mediation Conference and sets the rules and procedures to be followed. The Mediator may have the parties meet in the same room, or the Mediator may separate the parties and meet individually with each party. It is very common for Mediators to begin the mediation by separating the parties. This is frequently done so that both parties feel comfortable and are afforded an opportunity to privately discuss their issues with the Mediator.

Normally, the Conference begins with an explanation of Mediation presented by the Mediator. The parties then are usually given an opportunity to explain the facts of the case and their positions. Systematically, the Mediator guides the parties through the issues in an attempt to reach an agreement.

The Mediation Conference may last only a few minutes or may extend for several hours depending upon what issues are presented. The Mediation can be completed in one session or several sessions depending upon the facts of the case and the needs of the parties.

What are the advantages of Mediation?


    Why hire Mira as our Mediator?

    My background makes me the ideal person to help parties resolve their family law cases.

    Family Law Attorney: I have been a practicing family law in southwest Florida for nearly 30 years and am the only full-time lawyer practicing in Charlotte County that has the designation of being Board Certified in Marital and Family Law by The Florida Bar. As an attorney, I have handled all types of family law cases, giving me great insight with regard to the issues and emotions typically raised in this type of case.

    Certified Mediator: I have been a Certified Family Law Mediator since 2016 and have mediated more than 100 cases since then. I successfully assisted in settling more than 95% of those cases.

    Accounting and Financial Certifications: I have extensive training in the fields of accounting and finance. I have the following certifications in those areas:
    Certified Public Accountant 1986
    Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, 2015
    Certified Valuation Analyst, 2016

    Parenting Coordinator: In 2010, I completed the Parenting Coordination course. I have served as a Parenting Coordinator on high conflict cases, developing skills to assist parties to reach agreements regarding their children when the parents are having difficulties co-parenting.

    Call me today to put my experience to work for you.


    Mira has been recently re-certified by The Florida Bar as a Board Certified Marital and Family Lawyer. This elite designation is bestowed upon only 277 attorneys in Florida, and Mira is the only practicing attorney in Charlotte County with this designation. Board certified attorneys are experts in their designated field who have successfully passed a rigorous examination and peer review, ensuring that board certified attorneys meet the highest ethical and professional standards.

    Community Mediation Services

    I am pleased to announce that Hal Wotitzky and I have joined forces to create the Community Mediation Services for Charlotte County, Florida. Community Mediation Services is designed to provide high quality mediation services at a reduced cost for lower income individuals.

    These mediations will be conducted at our respective offices. Hal's office is in Punta Gorda at 407 E. Marion Avenue, while my office is centrally located in Port Charlotte at 20020 Veterans Boulevard.

    Our rates will be based upon the parties' combined incomes. Parties with combined gross incomes of less than $ 75,000.00 will be charged $ 50.00 per party, per hour.

    Parties with combined gross incomes of $ 75,000.00-$ 100,000.00 will be charged $ 75.00 per party, per hour.

    These mediations can be scheduled on Fridays. We have a flexible scheduling policy to meet your client's needs. Schedule by the half-day, full-day, and/or by the hour.

    Give us a call today to schedule your low costs, high quality mediation.

    CALL Hal at 941-621-4249 or email him at Hal@callthemediator.com. More information about Hal can be found

    CALL Me at 941-627-3667 or email me at msw@mirawhitelaw.com. More information about me can be found

    Collaborative Law Training in Punta Gorda

    A big thank you to the Charlotte County Collaborative Professionals for hosting the Collaborative Law Training seminar April 27 and 28 in Punta Gorda, Florida at The Farr Law Firm. The two day event featured the Florida Collaborative Law Trainers presenting an introductory course. The seminar was well attended by attorneys, mental health professionals and financial advisors.

    The Collaborative Law Process is a team approach used to resolve family law disputes. In this process the parties pledge to settle their dispute in a civil manner without litigation. The parties work with their specially trained lawyers, a neutral facilitator and other experts, if needed, to resolve conflict and develop a workable settlement. The Collaborative law Process has advantages over “going to Court”.

    • PRIVATE-The collaborative law process takes place in a private, confidential setting. Courtrooms are open forums full with people who listen to your personal details as the case is litigated.
    • LESS EXPENSIVE-The collaborative law process is usually less expensive than fighting it out in Court.
    • QUICKER-Resolving a case collaboratively is faster than having a trial and waiting for a Judge to rule.
    • CONVENIENT-The parties decide when and where to meet to work on resolving their case. Going to Court means the Judge sets the schedule of the case at the convenience of the Court without much regard for the parties’ schedules.

    There are numerous other reasons to use the Collaborative Law Process. For more information regarding this process and the Charlotte County Collaborative Professionals
    CLICK HERE, or schedule an appointment with Mira White by calling 941-627-3667.