Family and Divorce Mediation
In Florida, individuals are required to attend at least one mediation session to address family law matters before a hearing can be set. Family law includes divorce or child custody matters. Some people believe litigation in the court is the best way to protect their interests. However, going to court can be a costly and emotionally draining process.
Alternatively, Family and Divorce Mediation can be used to reach a collaborative solution tailored to the needs of the parties. No one truly wins in these situations, but mediation can allow for a more satisfying resolution.
All communication in mediation is confidential and inadmissible as evidence in any subsequent legal or criminal proceedings, unless both parties agree otherwise.
There is no difference. All Certified Family Mediators receive the same training and have to abide by the same guidelines, such as not giving legal advice, being impartial, and neutral facilitators. The one advantage of utilizing a mental health provider is that our training allows us to be able to manage the emotions in the room which can help the process move quicker to a resolution.
Parties can be present on their own (Pro Se) or can choose to have an attorney present.
Dr. Sheriece offers in-person or virtual mediation sessions. She will also travel to a neutral location in Tampa, Brandon, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and the surrounding communities.