Mediation continues to be an attractive alternative to litigation for divorce, custody, elder issues, and more. Frequently, mediation is less costly, more private and quicker than the typical court cases, says Lisa Dasher, Esquire, a family mediator in Northeast Florida and founder of Jacksonville Family Mediation.
Dasher cites a recent survey by The Florida Bar that shows the median hourly rate for Florida attorneys at over $300 per hour, while mediators typically charge $100 to $350 per hour, according to LegalMatch.com. She said the typical mediation can take as little as a few hours to a few days, depending upon the complexity of the issues.
“Many people going through a divorce or custody cases would prefer to avoid litigation,” Dasher said. “Mediation provides the opportunity to work out issues jointly, in private, with the help of a professional trained is conflict resolution. It is typically less expensive, less stressful, and requires less time overall.”
Once the mediation agreement is executed, Dasher says it is legally binding, pending approval by the Court. She said mediation works well for divorce, child custody cases, and issues related to older family members such as living arrangements and healthcare decisions.
“Most mediation clients appreciate having input in resolving the issues involved, rather than having a judge make the decision for them. Having a say in the outcome gives each party a stake in successfully carrying out the agreement.”
For more information, contact Jacksonville Family Mediation at 904.866.0268 or Lisa@JacksonvilleFamilyMediation.com.