Family Mediator – Kathleen Coughlin – $200.00 per hour (2-8 hours)
What is the role of a Family Mediator?
A Family Mediator is an impartial professionally trained third party. A Mediator will assist couples or parents in negotiating an agreement. Mediation may also be re-visited when the initial agreement may need to be changed as the children get older. Some examples of things discussed in a family mediation session may include:
- Parenting arrangements after separation or divorce
- Child Support Payments
- Other Financial Obligations (debts, pensions, savings, real estate)
All communication during the mediation sessions are confidential. If a written agreement is reached that will be disclosed to the court. Mediation can be started by a mutual agreement between parties or it may be ordered by the court. A Mediator cannot give legal advice, but 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 Mediation Services are held at a location that is agreed upon by all parties. Some Family 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 Family Mediator, one party, their attorney or it may be the Mediator meeting with parties attorneys.
What is a Mediation Agreement?
If the parties are able to come to an agreement on some or all of the issues the Family Mediator or one of the attorneys 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 Family Mediator will report to the court that mediation occurred, but the parties did not reach an agreement. Anything that was said in the mediation session is confidential and cannot be entered into evidence in court.