What is Mediation?

What Is Mediation?

Simply put, Mediation is a dynamic process which allows disputing parties to resolve their differences without having to attend a Contested Court Hearing.  A Mediator is required to be neutral, fair, and impartial.  Gordon N. Shayne, a lawyer who is Certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Family Mediator, will be able to assist the parties in reaching mutually agreed-upon plans for their Divorce, Parenting Plan/Time-Sharing Agreement, and Child Support.

Mediation is a process for resolving disputes in which the parties themselves come to agreements regarding their disputes over property, alimony, child support and parenting. Military Retirement as well as the division of Retirement Plans and/or Pension Plans can also be addressed during Mediation.

In Family law disputes such as Divorce and Child Custody, most Judges will order the parties to Mediate their case.

A Mediator does not make rulings for or against either party and is not able to force anyone to enter an agreement. However, if an agreement is reached, the Mediator can prepare a written agreement of all the terms for the parties to sign to be filed with the Court.

During a divorce, the parties may request a Mediation, or the Court may order Mediation.

The Role of a Mediator is to:

  • Remain Neutral, Fair, and Impartial
  • Not force either party to reach agreements
  • Always work for the mutual good of the parties
  • Open the lines of communication to facilitate the exploration of settlement options
  • Ensure that all information remains confidential and private
  • Enable the parties themselves to have the power to control the end results

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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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