Family Law Mediation in Tampa
Guiding Couples Toward Amicable Divorce Decisions
Mediation is a way to negotiate a settlement of a legal dispute. A mediator is a neutral third party who will listen to and facilitate your discussion. Mediators can be therapists, attorneys, or other trained professionals. Even if the mediator is an attorney, they do not represent any party to the dispute and cannot advise either party about their legal rights. The mediator’s role is not to serve as a judge and decide your dispute, but to facilitate communication so that the two parties can reach an agreement themselves.
Contact a Tampa mediator by dialing (813) 773-8233 today.
When to Utilize Mediation
Mediation is required in family law disputes, and in many other cases, because it helps keep simple cases with easy resolutions off the docket and helps conserve the court’s time and resources. Judges want to hear only those disputes which involve complex areas of law or fact, or which cannot be easily resolved, and even then, would have a very full caseload. Many cases are filed with the courts each year, and conserving judicial resources is important to you as a taxpayer. The Tampa mediators at Devolder Law Firm will work with you and the other party in an attempt to decide key divorce issues before seeking a divorce proceeding in the court.
Mediation is often the first chance the parties have had to talk after a petition (or complaint in a civil matter) and answer has been filed. By this point, the parties know each other are serious, and they may know more about what is motivating each side. It is, in fact, a perfect time to go back and look at whether or not a settlement can be reached. Mediating a settlement saves you the time and expense of preparing for trial and is an important opportunity that should not be overlooked.
Many attorneys with great litigation skills are not good at mediation. They view mediation as an obstacle in their way, an event to quickly dismiss so they can get on to the main show – demonstrating their trial skills. The problem with this view is that it costs you money. An attorney who cannot effectively mediate prolongs your recovery and unnecessarily lengthens your period of tribulation.
Contact Devolder Law Firm for Skilled Mediation Services
Mediation requires more than legal knowledge. It requires sales skills, finesse, and relationship building skills. It requires someone who can focus on their client’s interests, not just their position. It isn’t just sending numbers back and forth and acting staunch about it. Our Tampa mediators are more than capable of demonstrating the above and more.
Our firm acknowledges clients concerns about paying for an attorney. We keep hourly fees reasonable for the average suburban family.
Our firm is conveniently located in a suburban first-floor office building with easy-access parking, less than 5 minutes from i-75.
Our clients always come first. We take the time to get to know you and understand your case. We're always available when you need us most.
We consider both legal and practical solutions that will help you achieve your goals.
Our goal was to create a law firm that you can relate to, one that is convenient to your home and easy to communicate with.
We understand you need answers - we prioritize your needs and keep you up to date with your case every step of the way.