Why should I use mediation, collaborative divorce, or arbitration to resolve my divorce in Florida?

Mediation and arbitration are types of alternative dispute resolutions that allow the spouses to have a neutral third party listen to their requests for the divorce and that person then will find a middle ground that the couple is comfortable with. This middle ground is then used to create a marriage settlement agreement that the parties both agree to and sign. The marriage settlement agreement is then presented to a judge for final approval. Using such alternative dispute resolution tactics avoid the confrontation that usually comes with having to go to trial.

Collaborative divorce is a method utilized by parties that encourages a more civilized way of resolving family law disputes by negotiation and agreement thus avoiding court and the litigation process. The collaborative process strives to dissolve the marriage or resolve other family law issues in a way that addresses everyone’s legal, financial, and emotional needs. During this process both parties are represented by attorneys that negotiate as much as possible with each other so as to keep the case from going to trial.

These three methods not only keep peace among the parties but can also save each party a large amount of money.

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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