Family Mediation – Kathleen Coughlin – $200.00 per hour (2-8 hours)
What is Family Mediation?
Family Mediation Services allow the parties to meet with an impartial, trained mediator to consider options for resolving some or all of the issues. All communication during the mediation sessions are confidential. If a written agreement is reached that will be disclosed to the court. Family Mediation can be started by a mutual agreement between parties or it can be court ordered.
What is the role of a Family Mediator?
A Family Mediator is an impartial professional that will help the parties discuss the issues that they identify and assist them in negotiating an agreement. A Family Mediator cannot give legal advice, bu they may make suggestions on ways to resolve the issues that have been identified.
Please visit the Family Mediation Statutes in Florida.
Where are the Family Mediation sessions held?
Family Mediator Services are held at a location that is agreed upon by all parties. Some Mediation meetings may be held in the same conference room with all parties present. There are times where parties prefer to be in separate rooms and have the mediator go back and forth to facilitate discussion.
What is a Caucus?
In the mediation process, a caucus is a confidential meeting with members of one side of a dispute. A caucus may include the Mediator, one party, and their attorney or it may be the mediator meeting with both attorneys.
What is a Mediation Agreement?
If the parties are able to come to an agreement on some or all of the issues the Mediator will prepare a written agreement that can be signed by the parties. Once signed, the agreements are binding so it is important to understand the terms of the agreement prior to signing it.
What is an Impasse?
During a mediation if the parties are not able to come to an agreement, the Mediator will report to the court that mediation occurred, but the parties did not reach an agreement. Anything that was said in the mediation is confidential and cannot be entered into evidence.