"Mediation” means a process whereby a neutral third person called a mediator acts to encourage and facilitate the resolution of a dispute between two or more parties. It is an informal and nonadversarial process with the objective of helping the disputing parties reach a mutually acceptable and voluntary agreement. In mediation, decision making authority rests with the parties. The role of the mediator includes, but is not limited to, assisting the parties in identifying issues, fostering joint problem solving, and exploring settlement alternatives.
“County court mediation,” which means mediation of civil cases within the jurisdiction of county courts, including small claims. Negotiations in county court mediation are primarily conducted by the parties. Counsel for each party may participate. However, presence of counsel is not required.
“Family mediation” which means mediation of family matters, including married and unmarried persons, before and after judgments involving dissolution of marriage; property division; shared or sole parental responsibility; or child support, custody, and visitation involving emotional or financial considerations not usually present in other circuit civil cases. Negotiations in family mediation are primarily conducted by the parties. Counsel for each party may attend the mediation conference and privately communicate with their clients. However, presence of counsel is not required, and, in the discretion of the mediator, and with the agreement of the parties, mediation may proceed in the absence of counsel unless otherwise ordered by the court.
Laing And Weicholz has experienced Florida Supreme Court Certified County Court and Family Mediators on staff to meet all of your Mediation needs.
If you would like to try and resolve a Civil or Family Matter without the need for expensive Court intervention and litigation, please contact one of our Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediators today.
Todd Weicholz, Esq. – Florida Supreme Court Certified Family and County Mediator
Jamie Davis, Esq. – Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator
Dale W. Schley, III – Florida Supreme Court Certified County Mediator