Many couples in Florida believe that their divorce cannot proceed unless they go to court, but we at the law office of Michael E. Golub disagree. Nearly every case has the potential for a resolution through mediation. However, mediation success depends in part on the attitude of you and your spouse toward the process.
If you or your spouse come into the session fixated on certain positions and are unwilling to listen to suggestions, meditation is unlikely to be successful for you. However, mediation is more likely to yield a resolution if you are open to the process and willing to listen to the mediator as well as one another.
You may think you are not good candidates for mediation if you and your spouse cannot agree on everything beforehand, but this is not the case. Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution. Therefore, you and your spouse need not agree on everything before you enter the mediation session, nor should you rule out the possibility of mediation on the basis of disagreements. The goal of mediation is to resolve differences between you and your spouse through the process.
Though mediations have sometimes taken up to 12 hours over the course of multiple sessions, often a single two-hour session is sufficient to resolve everything. However, even if mediation only results in a partial agreement between you and your spouse, and you have to go to court to resolve the rest, you can still benefit from mediation. More information about divorce mediation is available on our website.