Do you need a lawyer for divorce mediation in Florida?

No, you do not need a lawyer to represent you at a divorce mediation in Florida. It is advisable, however, to have an experienced Miami divorce lawyer present at the mediation with you because the end result of the mediation could be a binding and enforceable legal contract.In Miami-Dade County, an administrative rule from the Family Court requires mandatory mediation before a Dade County Family Court judge will issue a trial date for disputed family law issues. Most Miami family law mediation cases therefore arise after one party has filed a family court legal action. Since it is a mandatory part of the divorce process in Miami, it is advisable that you hire a lawyer to represent you at mediation. Though not required, as previously mentioned, if the other party has hired a lawyer, you will be a significant disadvantage at the mediation without one, at times maybe even feeling bullied into signing an agreement. You need to keep in mind that if you are able to reach an agreement at mediation, that agreement will be binding so it is probably in your best interest to have an experienced Miami divorce attorney at the mediation with you.

If you are in Florida divorce proceedings, and have been ordered by the court to attend divorce mediation, and would like to be represented by an experienced Miami divorce attorney, contact Vari & Associates. Consultations are available in Miami and at several meeting locations throughout Dade and Broward Counties including Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, West Country Club Drive in Aventura, Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood and in the Homestead area. Appointments are also available by telephone and via Skype internet video chat. Telephone our office at (305) 222-7351  or send us an email to schedule a consultation.

When scheduling a consultation, please inform the secretary if there are any pending hearings, deadlines for filing an appeal, or other reason why you may need an immediate appointment. We will do our very best to accommodate your schedule in setting an appointment.


The statements in this section are based on Florida law and have been issued to inform and not advise. The statements are general in nature and individual facts in a given case may alter their application or involve other laws not referred to here.

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