Tallahassee Family Mediation Attorneys
Get a Divorce Without Court – Consult a Family Mediator in Tallahassee
Many people assume that the only way to handle a legal dispute is through a trial in the courtroom, but that's not necessarily true. Utilizing mediation can help you save time, stress, and money on your family law case.
At The Virga Law Firm, P.C., our Tallahassee divorce mediation lawyers can represent you in or out of court, helping you navigate processes like mediation with confidence.
What Is Mediation?
During mediation, a neutral third party (the mediator) speaks with two parties engaged in a legal dispute, attempting to help them negotiate and reach an agreement that suits both parties.
Sometimes, courts request that individuals who wish to litigate a legal dispute (determine an outcome through an in-court trial) engage in mediation first to resolve their differences. Under other circumstances, parties may wish to initiate mediation for various personal reasons.
Whatever the case, it's important to note that mediators cannot provide legal advice. To obtain legal counsel during mediation, parties must hire their own legal representatives. Mediators serve as impartial officials that can help remove the animosity from a legal dispute and encourage parties to reach a mutually beneficial arrangement.
Why Should I Use Mediation for My Case?
Mediation has a slew of benefits:
- It's (often) faster than litigating a case in court. Mediations frequently occur over one or just a few sessions out of court, meaning mediated cases often resolve more quickly than disputes that involve scheduling multiple hearings, a trial, etc.
- It's cost-effective. The average divorce in the U.S. costs around $15,000. In contrast, mediating a family law dispute such as a divorce often costs thousands of dollars less, primarily due to the mediation process's collaborative and expedient nature.
- It's more amicable. Trials are infamously combative. Utilizing mediation can help you work with another party and reach a resolution in a less argumentative manner.
- It happens out of court. Nothing that happens during the mediation process will show up in court records, helping you maintain privacy during your case.
If you come to terms with the other party during mediation, you (and your legal representatives) can work together to draft an agreement detailing your arrangement. A judge will examine the agreement and, if they agree that it is equitable, issue an order finalizing it and closing your case.
At The Virga Law Firm, P.A., our Tallahassee divorce mediation attorneys can help you find the best path forward in your mediation.