When it’s time to get divorced in Florida, there are certain things couples will need to resolve. If you and your spouse had children together, you’ll both need to come up with a child custody arrangement. Fortunately, there are several ways to accomplish this goal. One of these ways is to involve a child custody mediator in this process. Here’s what you should know before taking part in this type of mediation.
Are you getting asked or forced into mediation?
You might be unaware that you can either get asked or forced into attending a mediation session with your estranged spouse.
If you’re getting asked to attend mediation, regardless of what you decide, consider putting your answer in writing. If you approve this request, having it in writing is beneficial to prove your willingness as a parent. Should you decline the request, make sure to explain why in your writing.
On the other hand, a judge might force you to attend a mediation session. Since this isn’t a request, make sure to show up. Not showing up to a court-ordered mediation session only works against you.
Learning what to expect during the mediation process
Mediation sessions typically begin with the mediator making introductions. After you and the other parent introduce yourselves, the work to resolve child custody arrangements will begin.
Most mediation sessions last about two to three hours. During this time, both of you will discuss what they want and any problems that need resolving. The end goal of mediation is to have the two of you come to a reasonable agreement.