Our Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator can help a parties representing themselves or parties represented by an attorney in reaching amicable and cost effective case resolution.
The law firm of Cortes Hodz, P.A. offers mediation services for all issues related to marital and family law at affordable rates for parties of all incomes by use of a sliding fee schedule.
Numerous cases are resolved via the mediation process. Not only is it cost effective by avoiding the expense of litigation and trial, it is the only way in which the parties’ fate is in their own hands. Parties typically are happier with the results of a mediated agreement as opposed to a judge entering an order detailing how their lives will be lived, when they will see their children and how their property will be divided. In addition, parties typically abide by the agreement they enter into more often than an order mandated by a judge.
In all litigated cases, which are those that are not filed as an uncontested case, mediation is required and it is often one of the first orders entered by the court. At mediation a neutral mediator helps the parties facilitate resolution through informal and confidential negotiation. Should your case not settle at mediation, the negotiations and offers discussed cannot be introduced at a trial to demonstrate to the court what you were once willing to agree to. This allows for the free flow of discussion and ideas to resolve your case. It also allows each party to get an insight in what the other party believes to their strengths and weaknesses. An experienced mediator who is also a marital and family law attorney is usually the best individual to assist the parties in this process.
Mediation is most effective once the parties have exchanged financial affidavits, mandatory disclosure, and discovery in general. This allows each party to have and consider all of the information available and allows the mediator to effectively work towards a resolution based on the information available. While it is not impossible to reach resolution without this information, it’s not very likely and certainly not recommended.
Whether a case involves all or some of the issues above, it is always beneficial if the parties can reach agreement on some aspect of their case if a full agreement cannot be reached. Reaching even a partial agreement can save the parties thousands of dollars in litigation fees and costs.
In addition to being the best avenue to reach amicable and cooperative resolution of marital and family law matters, it is required to be completed prior to either party obtaining a hearing on temporary relief or a final hearing absent emergency scenarios, which are rare.
We offer our mediation services at our downtown Tampa office located in the BMO Harris Bank Building, 501 East Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 1260. We also will travel to any location in the Tampa area including Hyde Park, South Tampa, Lutz, Bayshore, New Tampa, Brandon, Valrico, and Riverview. We do not charge for travel time like most mediators and do not change for preparation time.
We also offer mediation in Spanish, which can save on the cost of an interpreter.