Couples often seek Pro se (Uncontested) Divorce Mediation as opposed to the expense of hiring counsel. Chapter 61 of the Florida Statutes allows pro se litigants to advocate on their own behalf in a divorce proceeding. In Florida, 95% of all divorcing couples opt for mediation rather than trial. The unrepresented parties hire a qualified mediator who will steer them toward a divorce settlement. Florida Statutes Chapter 61.
Pro se mediation typically involves
– Approximately 3 sessions (but can vary depending upon complexity of issues).
– Creation of a Marital Settlement Agreement (terms of alimony, child support, and division of assets)
– Future parenting plans (if minor children are involved) detailing parental decisions for dependents, decisions about visitation rights, etc.
Once you reach out to Rich Smukler Mediation you will receive an Agreement to Mediate that will hopefully address some of your questions about the process, including my role as a mediator, the mediation procedure and compensation. You will also receive a document which will outline the Rules of Mediation which will detail what will be expected from you during the course of the mediation process, including but not limited to communications, third party involvement, disclosure responsibilities and confidentiality.
Please feel free to reach out to me should you have any issues that you’d like to discuss. Contact me.