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Paul E. Riffel Tampa Estate Planning Attorney

Mediation: An important step in a divorce

In a divorce, before a hearing can be held before a judge, the parties must attend mediation. It’s an important step in the divorce process and will be the subject of this three-part blog series.

Florida law defines mediation as “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.”

Once discovery has been completed, the parties meet with this mediator to try to reach an agreement on all issues.

Rest assured that all cases are referred to mediation by the Circuit Court, and the only exception would be if there is a significant history of domestic or sexual violence that would affect mediation.

Mediation must be completed before a temporary or final hearing is set.

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