Family Mediation Specialist

When families have issues because of marriage, divorce, elder care, budgeting, or parenting, it is time to seek professional help. Gary J. Santucci, of Associates in Counseling and Mediation, provides expert family mediation services to resident’s state of Florida. Let a family mediator help everyone focus on the important issues and come to a resolution together. The work of a family mediator is to provide a safe environment for discussion as well as to limit conflict and move toward a positive outcome for all involved.

Family Mediation FAQs

When might a family mediator be beneficial?

Family mediators can be beneficial in a number of unique and dynamic situations.  Conflict in families or preventing them from moving forward in a healthy way can be resolved through family mediation. Family mediators often assist families in resolving disputes about separation or divorce, marriage, parenting agreements, property division, child support and alimony, care of an elderly family member, inheritances, and more.

How does it work?

Mediators help each party express their interests and goals as well as listen to the other party, and then begin the process of working toward a solution in a calm and effective way. After issues are identified, the mediator separates the issues and addresses a single issue at a time, presenting possible solutions that satisfies the parties. Once they’ve agreed on each issue, an agreement is drafted, reviewed, and signed by both parties.

Does mediation work when one party or both parties are irrational?

Mediation is designed for circumstances such as these and is often successful. One way that mediators help a resisting party is to offer them a forum of ideas that may not have been considered previously.

How do mediators save money?

Mediations is presented in a cost effective manner. 

Does mediation ever fail to resolve the issues?

Yes. Both parties must actively participate in the process for mediation to be successful. If one party’s goal is to punish the other party rather than resolve their difference and do what’s in the best interest of the entire family, mediation will likely result in an impasse. This will effectively end the mediation process.

What are the benefits of mediation?

The benefits of mediation are to allow the parties to reach a mutually satisfying agreement that is fair and equitable in an amicable neutral environment.