Mediation is a simple, low-stress alternative to litigation. This alternative dispute resolution process is being used with increasing frequency because it is a humane way of resolving issues and is less antagonistic and much less stressful than litigation.
Mediation is a process that involves the assistance of a neutral third party called a mediator. In many cases, this mediator is a family law litigator or other legal professional who meets with both parties and their lawyers, or can meet with just the parties without lawyers. The goal of the mediator is to help the two parties reach a resolution to their case.
During the mediation process, the settlement of the case remains in the hands of the two parties. A mediator does not provide legal advice and is not allowed to make any of the decisions.
When two parties agree to settle their disputes through mediation, they are agreeing to take the decision-making process out of the hands of the court and back into their own hands.
Through mediation, a dispute can be settled once and for all. If the two parties reach an agreement, the case is finalized and no appeal is available.
Mediation is often successful, especially when both parties are represented by counsel during the process. In Florida, parties are required to attend mediation before the Court will provide the parties a trial date or hearing.
Ms. Geller is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator, and is one of a few primary trainers teaching other professionals to become certified mediators. She has an extremely high success rate as a family law mediator and strives to bring your dispute to a conclusion usually in one mediation session. Ms. Geller is available to mediate in the South Florida tri-county area, as well as Ft. Myers and Naples, at a rate of $300/hour. Reduced rates are available on a case-by-case basis.
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