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Divorce can sometimes be time-consuming and not only emotionally draining, but financially draining as well. It is important to approach each case with a problem-solving attitude early on, with the goal of getting through the process in a timely and cost effective manner. Mediation is a valuable tool that helps Florida divorce attorneys resolve all or some of the issues presented quickly and efficiently. It involves the use of a neutral and independent mediator (usually a family law attorney) to help negotiate a settlement between the parties.
The process is informal, usually taking place in the offices of one of the lawyers or the mediator's office. All issues are discussed with offers and counter-offers made until all possibilities are explored, hopefully resulting in a settlement agreement. Much like the certain "presence" that a good trial lawyer needs while in court, a similar but subtly different presence is needed to successfully represent a divorce client at mediation. Of course, the decision of whether or not to accept any particular settlement offer is absolutely and solely for the client to make. You should engage an experienced family law attorney to guide you through this process to support and implement your decision.
An uncontested divorce means that the spouses agree on the division of marital property, alimony, and child custody, support, and visitation. The spouses sign a Marital Settlement Agreement and go to court for a quick hearing to finalize the divorce. The cost of an uncontested Florida divorce is usually minimal. It generally takes 30 days after the parties sign the Marital Settlement Agreement for the court to finalize the uncontested divorce. This time will vary depending on how busy the courthouse is, but an uncontested divorce with both spouse's participation is typically the fastest.
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