By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
Mediation is a Palm Beach County court ordered process which allows divorcing couples to settle as many of the disputes between them as possible. In other words, all parties to a divorce in Palm Beach County, Florida, MUST (court ordered) attempt settlement at mediation PRIOR TO taking the divorce case to the judge in a trial.
Parties prepare for mediation by doing the following:
1. Meet mandatory disclosure requirements pursuant to Florida Family Rules of Court 12.285.
2. Producing documents in discovery which allow the parties to know the status of the marriage.
3. Prepare a wish list of what you hope to leave the marriage with.
4. Exchange all this information prior to the scheduled mediation.
5. Discuss options with your attorney and have realistic expectations.
Mediation takes place with the two parties, their respective lawyers, and a trained family law mediator. The mediator cannot give legal advice or take sides. He or she serves as a facilitator to extract reasoning and discussion which hopefully will result in a settlement between the parties. All verbal exchanges in mediation are confidential and cannot be used at trial if no agreement is reached.
For more information about mediation, or other divorce proceedings, click on the Robin Roshkind, P.A. website at www.familylawwpb.com or call for a consultation with one of the attorneys at the Firm at 561-835-9091.