How To Avoid Court Your Family Law Case

The vast majority of men and women who recognize the importance of hiring an experienced Jacksonville, Florida Family Law Attorney for their Divorce or Child Custody Case, wish to avoid having to go to Court Hearings.  Court Hearings and contested Family Law matters held before a Judge, can often times prove to be extremely stressful, time consuming, and expensive.

There are options available to you other than continued fighting and arguing before a Judge.  In most Family Law cases in the State of Florida, the Court will require that the parties attend Mediation before the Court will schedule a Contested Hearing.

Gordon N. Shayne is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator who has over 40 years of experience as a lawyer.  'Mediation is a terrific method and effective tool which can lead to the resolution of disputes'.  Gordon has acted as a Mediator where parties have recognized the importance of working towards an amicable solution to their disputes.  Unlike Court litigated cases, the parties will not lose the power to control an outcome.  By reaching agreements at Mediation, the parties will realize that they had a hand in crafting a solution to their disputes.

Wouldn't it be GREAT to attend Mediation with an attorney who has specialized knowledge of Family Law and can show you how to avoid going to court?  Of course it would!  

Gordon N. Shayne's role as a Mediator is to:

  • Remain Neutral and Unbiased and not take sides
  • Open lines of Communication between the parties
  • Make suggestions and give direction so that the parties can reach agreements
  • Encourage the parties to keep the channels of communication open
  • Not make any decision or rulings

Having represented many clients and writing thousands of agreements which detail Mediated Settlements, Gordon N. Shayne has the skills you need and will most definitely benefit from.  When Parties achieve an agreement at Mediation, there is usually no waiting time involved as he can prepare the written agreement during the Mediation process. 


    With over 35 years of experience, Mr. Shayne has had a legal career fighting for the rights of his clients while focusing his practice exclusively on Divorce, Child Custody and other Family Law Matters. Our services are available throughout the State of Florida.

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