Divorce Mediator Process

Divorce Mediator Process

To Begin:

You meet with your mediator, a neutral party, who represents neither side. The Mediator will guide you through each issue during the divorce mediation process; the State of Florida has requirements for the process and you will make decisions regarding your own unique family situation. Your mediator facilitates communication to encourage well-rounded discussions. This meeting occurs in a comfortable, private conference room or via Zoom and usually lasts 2 – 3 hours. Our experienced divorce mediator handles all aspects of divorce issues, including property division, spousal support, and child custody. Your mediator will provide you a financial affidavit that each of you must fill out (the State requires this). These affidavits give you a real sense of your financial situation and will be helpful moving forward in completing other necessary paperwork.

Time-Sharing

When children are involved, parents must consider what is in the best interest of the child. Both parents discuss time-sharing and develop a calendar with the assistance of the divorce mediator. Child support is calculated using the parent’s individual monthly income as well as how many overnights each parent has during the calendar year. For general informational purposes, Click the “Learn More” button below to calculate your potential child support.

Alimony and Spousal Support

Florida recognizes three different terms of marriage when considering alimony. Short-term, moderate-term and long-term: 

  • Short-term Marriage: A short term marriage is a marriage that lasts less then 10 years. In short term marriages, the length of the alimony awarded may not exceed 50% or half the length of the marriage.
  • Moderate-term marriage: A moderate-term marriage is a marriage that lasts between 10 and 20 years. In moderate term marriages, the length of the alimony award may not exceed 60% of the length of the marriage. For example, if the parties are married for 15 years, the length of the alimony award cannot exceed 9 years.
  • Long-term Marriage: A long-term marriage is a marriage that lasts 20 years or more. In long-term marriages, the length of the alimony award may not exceed 75% of the length of the marriage. For example, if the parties are married for 28 years, the length of the alimony award cannot exceed 21 years. It is important to remember that these are the maximum lengths and the judge still has discretion to make an award he or she deems appropriate.

Parties routinely ask how much alimony am I going to have to pay? Or, if they are the spouse receiving alimony, how much alimony am I entitled to? In Florida, there is no set formula to calculate alimony. The legal standard in determining alimony is need and ability to pay. Your mediator will guide you through the various types of alimony during the divorce mediation process so that you understand which type and amount that would be appropriate for your situation.

Trusted Family Law Mediator

When children are involved, parents must consider what is in the best interest of the child. Both parents discuss time-sharing and develop a calendar with the assistance of the divorce mediator. Child support is calculated using the parent’s individual monthly income as well as how many overnights each parent has during the calendar year. For general informational purposes, Click the “Learn More” button below to calculate your potential child support.

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