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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long does mediation take?
Mediation takes as long as it is still useful. A minimum of two hours is typical. To reach a written agreement often takes three or four hours. Some complicated mediations take six to eight hours to reach a settlement. Mediation can be conducted for more than one session on more than one day.
Q: What are the benefits of family mediation?
Mediation allows a couple to write the rules of their separation and future life. This not only gives control to the couple, but it also avoids drawn out, expensive litigation and a trial that will cause long-lasting harm to the couple and their children. Even if mediation does not achieve a settlement, it will clarify each party’s options from what is desired to what is possible.
Q: What happens if my spouse and I can’t agree at mediation?
Having explored the realistic possibilities in mediation, there is a likelihood that a settlement will be reached later. If there is no settlement, however, the divorce will only be final after a trial before a family court judge in which the judge will decide all disputed issues.
Q: How much does mediation cost?
Private mediators’ fees vary and you can shop around. Typically, they charge by the hour. You can expect to spend $200 to $500 or more per hour in South Florida. Usually, each party pays one-half of the fee. The family courts also provide mediation services to less affluent couples at a much lower cost.
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