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Should I Retain My Own Lawyer When I Enter Into Divorce Mediation In Florida?

Divorce mediation is designed to engage an impartial third party (a mediator) to help you resolve contentious settlement issues through negotiation. Still, the fact that you are getting divorce indicates that some areas of contention exist between you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse. Particularly if there was any imbalance of power within your marriage, you or your spouse may be at a psychological disadvantage, a good enough reason by itself to make sure you have dedicated legal representation during mediation.

Even with a skilled mediator guiding negotiations, the degree of contentiousness in your relationship with your spouse can have a profound effect on your ability to negotiate a fair settlement. By retaining a Boca Raton divorce attorney with specific skills as a mediator, you protect yourself in many ways, for example:

  • Putting your most important interests at the forefront when you meet individually with the mediator and during negotiations
  • Helping prepare you by teaching you the negotiation skills you need to handle the mediation sessions
  • Identifying solutions to issues based on your unique circumstances when the mediator is unable to address your issues adequately
  • Reviewing the final agreement for accuracy before the mediator submits it to the judge for approval

For many divorcing couples, mediation is a great way to help navigate toward solutions for their settlement issues. However, Florida law has provisions that permit the courts to refer couples to mediation to settle some contested issues, such as those pertaining to the children. While mediators are required to provide impartial support for both parties, they may not consider all the issues that properly address your best possible post-divorce future. An attorney who can maintain a cooperative spirit while protecting your interests can be a valuable asset to negotiations.

Whether you are looking for an impartial mediator or want personal representation to protect your rights during mediation, the attorneys at Feldman & Schneiderman, P.L. can help. We have five decades of experience guiding clients toward the results they need and deserve.