Family Mediation

What is Family Mediation?

Mediation is a process for two or more parties involved in a dispute to discuss their issues and concerns with a neutral third party facilitator. The goal is for the family mediator help all parties to reach an agreement. During mediation, everyone has a chance to talk and to listen, and to think of ways to resolve the matter. The mediator is trained to help all parties to explore options in order to find resolutions. The family mediator does not take sides or make decisions for you. Communication and focus on resolving conflicts are at the center of a mediator's role.

Nils Swanson, LMHC is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator. He has over twenty years of experience in social service counseling and guiding families through various challenging situations. Click here to learn more about Nils' credentials and work experience.


Which types of cases are eligible for mediation?

Nearly every civil matter is suitable for mediation, including cases that involve divorce, child custody, child support, and care of elderly family members .

Is mediation required in divorce or modification cases?

Yes. The Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure requires that the parties go to mediation before provisional relief can be granted and before a final hearing can be held in the case. The judge does have the authority to waive the mediation requirements, however, is typically reluctant to do so unless there are special or unusual circumstances present.

Litigate or Mediate? Mediation as an alternative to lawsuits

Family mediators provide you with the space and time to think about what is most important for children, elderly parents and all involved. Working out arrangements that will work best for both the present and future is going to be an important result of mediation while saving time, money and stress. Regardless of whether you are a parent or not, mediation can help you deal with moneys, the options you may have about where you will live, as well as planning your future finances. The cost of mediating a case is minimal in comparison to the costs that can accrue throughout the time of a lawsuit.

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