Posted by Gordon Shayne | Dec 26, 2023 | 0 Comments


Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator

Many divorcing couples endure years of stress in their marriage and conflict with their partners. As a Family Law Attorney, I have seen firsthand the impact of such conflict. It is fairly evident to the parties, their family members, and friends that ongoing marital conflict results in an emotional toll on everyone concerned. 

When one or both of the parties decide that the marriage is, “over,” because they cannot overcome or resolve ongoing conflict, the next step usually involves the hiring of divorce lawyers. To get the kind of legal representation that makes a difference, a qualified and experienced divorce attorney will usually require a retainer of funds to secure the attorney's representation. In many instances, when both parties hire lawyers, those retainers can add up to over $10,000. When you consider the need for a temporary or motion hearing during the case, the financial disclosure and discovery requirements, etc. it is easy to see how couples quickly spend over $20,000 in joint legal fees, even before they attend a trial before the Judge.

Florida Judges, who conduct hearings and trials in Family Court, have long held that attending Mediation before a trial will be scheduled, is of significant importance. This is because Mediation, in Divorce cases, has a great impact on the ability of the judicial system to manage its docket. As many divorce lawyers have heard from judges, attending Mediation, and reaching agreements is far and away the best avenue to realize agreements and keep litigation costs from spiraling out of control.

But here is the greatest element of a successful Divorce Mediation that few experts ever identify

The ability to reach agreements during a Divorce Mediation can set the parties on a future path with no more or significantly reduced conflict and strife.

                                                                                             Imagine, no more sleepless nights! 

As a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator, I have helped countless people in their Divorce Mediations without the financial burden of either party having to pay for lawyer fees. By mediating the disputes in a quiet, respectful, and civilized manner, it is possible to show people that there can be a future of no or little conflict. When you seriously consider the benefits of  Divorce Mediation, you should also think about how much value there is in eliminating the tension and arguments that have impacted your life in such a negative manner.

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Gordon Shayne

Gordon N. Shayne Family Law / Divorce Lawyer Phone: (904) 544-6855 Gordon N. Shayne's field of practice is devoted to Family Law/Divorce case throughout the State of Florida


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