By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
All parties to a divorce in Palm Beach County, Florida, MUST attend a mediation session prior to going to court for temporary and permanent relief.
Mediation can be through the court system or with a private mediator. The lawyers set up the mediation AFTER having all the mandatory disclosure documents that are required to be exchanged by the parties, so each can know the other’s finances and the finances of the family. This includes a financial affidavit.
I have had mediation sessions where everyone is in the same room, and face to face negotiations can take place. I find this very effective, but only if the parties are amicable.
Where husbands and wives are angry, vindictive and vengeful, it helps to break out into two separate rooms with the mediator going back and forth between the parties. This normally keeps emotions in check.
An effective mediation is where the parties are reasonable, motivated and collaborative. For more information about your specific situation, please call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at www.familylawwpb.com for more information.