As your mediator, Jennifer is dedicated to provide you a calm, emotionally safe environment wherein you are able to sort through the complicated issues of your case and create a positive, durable agreement that is in the best interest of you and your children. Utilize her extensive experience and knowledge of the law to assist you in your efforts to resolve disputes efficiently and cost effectively while reducing the risks associated with litigation.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a practical option for those who prefer to stay out of court, especially in the family law setting.
During mediation parties have the opportunity to come together with the assistance of a mediator in an attempt to efficiently resolve their conflicts. A mediator is an impartial third party, typically agreed to by both parties, whose role is to facilitate communication between the participants, assist them in focusing on the real issues of the dispute, and generate options for settlement. The mediator is not a judge and, therefore, has no binding decision making authority. During mediation, each party is given the opportunity to present his or her case and any supporting documentation. With the assistance of the mediator, the parties attempt to resolve the dispute. Only parties directly involved in the dispute may attend. Mediation offers the opportunity to fairly and constructively restructure family relations and finances in relation to such issues as: dissolution, separation, post-judgment modification, custody and visitation, child support, spousal support and property and debt division. Step-family, non-traditional partnerships, prenuptial, cohabitation, parent-child, elder care, and adoption agreements can also be effectively mediated.
In mediation, participants maintain full decision-making power and are encouraged to exercise that power in an informed, fair and constructive manner. Mediation is a means for people to maintain control over their lives and, in a dignified and satisfying way, clarify issues and resolve conflicts. Mediation promotes future cooperation, not continued conflict. Participant communication and commitment support future compliance.
If the parties are able to reach an agreement, the mediator will immediately reduce the agreement to writing. The parties will sign the written agreement, before leaving the mediation, thereby creating an enforceable contract. If the parties are unable to reach an agreement, the parties are then free to set the matter for a final hearing and allow the Judge to resolve their issues.
Please keep in mind, however, that litigation is costly and uncertain. Even the strongest cases don’t always turn out the way you anticipate. Judges get a very limited amount of time to analyze a great deal of information, they don’t always get to hear everything, and you don’t really get to tell your story in the way you would like. Additionally, people are likely to live up to the Agreements they willingly sign, more than a Court Order that is imposed upon them. Mediation is an excellent chance to create a personalized resolution that is tailored for you and your family.
Jennifer L. Sweeting, P.A. understands your need to resolve conflicts in a quick, cost-effective manner. Jennifer is a practicing attorney, with over ten (10) years of experience in all aspects of family law and is also a Mediator certified in Family Law Mediation by the Florida Supreme Court.