Divorce Mediation Specialist

Mediation can be a useful tool for couples facing divorce to address parenting, child support, alimony, and property division in an environment that benefits and satisfies both parties, while placing children’s needs first. Gary J. Santucci has been mediating divorces for many years at Associates in Counseling and Mediation in Davie, Florida.

Divorce Mediation FAQs

What is divorce mediation?

In divorce mediation, the role of the mediator is to help the parties reach an agreement in an unbiased environment. This can include:

  • How property will be divided between the parties.
  • How custody of children and pets will be shared by the parties.
  • The establishment of child support and alimony for approval by the court.

Once the couple has come to an agreement, the mediator drafts the agreement and both parties sign and submit for final approval by the Family Court.

Can mediators help when the parties are divisive?

In most cases, mediation is very successful for couples who are unable to find common ground and compromise on important issues. Many couples, who are having difficulties agreeing with issues are able to work through their issues in the same room with the assistance of a mediator.  In some cases, mediators choose to work as a go-between, meeting with one party at a time to alleviate stress and discomfort.

Can couples use a mediator instead of a lawyer to work out the terms of their divorce?

Yes, couples can choose to work out the terms of their agreement through a Certified Mediator in lieu of an attorney.

What’s the benefit of using a mediator?

The most significant benefit is the cost savings; the mediator serves both parties. 

In addition, mediation allows each couple to be heard and ensures they have the final decision-making power in their own circumstances rather than being decided by the Court.

How long is the mediation process?

The length of the process depends on the number of issues that the parties present and each party’s level of participation in the process.