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Finding a great divorce mediation attorney

For Florida spouses who are in the early stages of divorce planning, finding a good attorney is a top priority. The attorney who assists with one’s divorce will have a great deal of influence over the process itself, as well as the eventual outcome. For those who want to end their marriage using divorce mediation services, it is imperative to hire a legal professional who is passionate about alternative dispute resolution.

Mediation is a process through which each spouse has their own attorney, but wherein the role of those professionals is somewhat different than in a “traditional” divorce. Attorneys trained in mediation are there to assist spouses in reaching a settlement that is of their own creation. The attorney may help guide the process, and can help spouses get past items of contention or provide answers concerning divorce law. However, the driving force of the divorce process is the spouses themselves.

In order for mediation to be successful, it is important that everyone involved in the process is committed to reaching a settlement outside of court. This includes the attorneys, as their advice often weighs heavily in the decision-making process. When one or both attorneys are not fully invested in a mediated solution, it can be difficult for the process to move forward, and the parties can quickly reach a roadblock.

In choosing a Florida attorney who practices divorce mediation, the Internet is a valuable resource. Many attorneys who build their practice around alternative dispute resolution give an overview of their approach within their website. In addition, meeting with several attorneys can give spouses an idea of how each professional approaches his or her role in the divorce process, and can be a wise use of time and money. Making an informed decision can go a long way toward reaching a favorable mediation outcome, and moving forward into a new phase of life.

Source: The Huffington Post, 7 Steps To Choosing The Right Divorce Lawyer, Laura Mioilla, Feb. 2, 2014

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