How Divorce Mediation Can Help You

If you are dreading hostile divorce proceedings, attorney Debra J. Sutton also works with clients in mediation at her Bartow, Florida, law firm. Instead of working in opposition, separating spouses collaborate to find an amicable agreement on issues like property division, child custody and time sharing. As a specialist in marital and family law, and having also served as a divorce mediator, attorney Debra J. Sutton at the Sutton Law Firm will put this experience to work for you in this dispute resolution setting, allowing you and your spouse to make the decisions best suited for your family.

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Mediation can ease the hostility that often follows a divorce. 

What is Divorce Mediation?

Mediation is an alternative to the traditional solution for legal disputes, which often requires an antagonistic and even hostile relationship between parties. While this works fine for many types of lawsuits, using this approach between divorcing parties who may need to work together in the future can be a hindrance not a help. Divorce mediation is recommended in some cases as a more amicable alternative to traditional divorce. 
 
During mediation, a neutral third party serves as the mediator between the separating spouses, providing guidance and helping to facilitate discussion to arrive at settlement of contested issues. This may include division of assets and debts, child support, parenting plans, and what type of time sharing schedule works best for the child.
 
For over 30 years, Ms. Sutton has used her expertise to help families transition from married to separated life and can help you too.
 
In preparing clients for mediation, Ms. Sutton and the Sutton Law Firm team will get your family history, will listen and understand who you are and what you want for your family.  Your family and the issues that need to be addressed will be a focal point, and the ideal outcome for your and your family will be identified. From there, Ms. Sutton can guide the negotiation making certain you understand the process and the legal implications of the agreement you and your spouse reach.  
 
 
Any settlement in mediation is reduced to a written agreement and signed by both parties.  If a settlement is not reached, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you explored all options and will be ready and prepared if an impasse is declared to have a judge decide the final terms.  Yet, even if mediation is not successful at the time of the mediation conference, Ms. Sutton has been successful in settling disputes afterward and prior to trial.

Benefits of Divorce Mediation

Mediation offers many benefits, which include:

  • Reduced Cost: Mediation is typically less expensive than going to court.
  • Shorter Timeline: Agreeing to mediation allows the parties to control the timeline and can move the case along faster
  • Greater Privacy: There is no public record of a mediation and discussions during mediation are privileged.  The only thing reported to the court is whether the case settled and if it is resolved, the settlement agreement.  Litigation in contrast, in many cases, includes a substantial public record of the controversies that are often regretted when emotions calm in the months and years that follow.  This can be especially important in high asset divorce cases or cases involving prominent local or public figures.
  • More Amicable Parenting: When kids are involved, mediation can make it easier for parents to understand the need for clear communication. Oftentimes, they end up being able to co-parent more effectively.
  • Reduced Stress: Parties coordinate a date and all agree to dedicate the time needed, without interruption, to focus on resolving the case.  The environment is less formal, which alleviates stress and allows the parties to negotiate without conflict.

Debra Sutton is a Board Certified in Marital and Family law attorney with the experience you need for a successful divorce mediation. For over 20 years, Mrs. Sutton has helped families transition from married to separated life and can help you too.

Contact Our Office For Help

Even in the most amicable of cases, it is hard to go through a divorce. Debra Sutton has been Board Certified in Appellate Practice since 1997 and Board Certified in Marital and Family Law since 2001. Call our office at (863) 533-8912 or contact us online to learn more about what we can do for you today.

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