Certified Family Mediation
Florida Divorce Mediation Attorney
North Miami Beach divorce mediation lawyer Michael Lechtman has devoted 39 years to helping families find alternative, cost-effective ways to resolve their disputes over family law issues. As a certified family mediator, Mr. Lechtman is licensed by the state of Florida to mediate all types of divorce-related issues, including child support, alimony, and visitation. He provides uncompromising representation and mediation support to families and individuals throughout Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, and Broward County.
Benefits of Mediation
At any stage of dissolution proceedings, families may elect—or the court may refer parties—to mediation. Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution in which the parties can reach an agreement on contested issues in a less adversarial settling. With the help of a neutral mediator, the parties have more freedom to communicate and come to an agreement. Family law mediation is encouraged and sometimes even required because of its many advantages over litigation:
- Saves on legal expense
- Reduced rates depending on annual income
- Consent orders approved faster than court orders
- Greater control over case outcome
- Flexible agreement without depending on judge
- More open, confidential communication
- Less stress and easier to resolve future disputes
- Efficiently resolves all types of legal issues
- Type, duration of spousal support
- Equitable division of assets and debts
- Shared parenting plan and child support
Mediation costs far less per session than a court hearing. Reaching a settlement also requires far fewer sessions than continuing, postponed trials. If the parties reach a marital settlement agreement prior to mediation, the court may refund any mediation fees. Once the parties reach an agreement in mediation, the mediator prepares a consent order for the court to review. An approved consent order is treated the same as a court order reached after trial.
Role of Mediator
Under Florida Statutes § 61.183, a certified family mediator is licensed by the state to serve as a neutral third party arbitrator with no conflict of interest. The mediator facilitates communication between the parties to secure an agreement consistent with their legal objectives. Mediation services may be obtained through agreement or by court order and generally require:
- Attendance at sessions
- Choosing from list of mediators
- Order of referral from family court
- Contacting mediator to schedule session
- Assignment to by case mediation services
- Completion of mediation within set period
The Florida Supreme Court approves certified divorce mediators only after they complete substantial coursework, a series of mentored mediations, and continuing education in evolving mediation techniques. Mediators prepare consent orders that embody the parties’ agreement and review them with the parties before submitting the order to court.
Start Mediation Today
If you want to resolve your family law issues through mediation, contact South Florida certified family law mediation attorney Michael Lechtman today. Michael Lechtman strongly advocates alternative dispute resolution to save parties time, money, and stress during the divorce process. If mediation does not produce an agreement, Mr. Lechtman is a 39-year veteran divorce attorney who skillfully handles contested issues in court. His experience also includes helping South Florida residents all over the world in military divorce proceedings. Call (305) 652-9500 today for a consultation or contact us online.