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Christine L. Derr is a Board Certified Expert in Marital and Family Law. While Ms. Derr is recognized as a skilled litigator, she is equally adept at fashioning creative, mutually beneficial resolutions in mediation and through her collaborative divorce practice. While she is proud of her success in the courtroom, Ms. Derr’s experience has taught her that the most advantageous way to resolve a case is usually at the negotiation table. Ms. Derr believes that the collaborative process is ...
Caryn has limited her practice exclusively to Marital and Family Law since her admission to the Florida Bar in 1996. Caryn promotes problem solving by utilizing appropriate dispute resolution methods designed to avoid expensive litigation, whenever possible. Caryn, a partner at West, Green & Associates, P.L., brings over 19 years of Family Law experience to the firm and is board certified by the Florida Bar, a Fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and is A/V r...
Raleigh “Lee” Greene, though born in Gainesville (the Swamp), is a 3rd generation native of St. Petersburg. He attended UF receiving his degree in economics (1970), his J.D. (1973), was an active member of Florida Blue Key and, many years later, was selected as a “Gator Great” in 2016 by the UF alumni association. He has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1973 and a member of the D.C. Bar since 1986. He served as a JAG officer with the US Navy Reserve, having recei...
Alison C. Weinger is the President of Conflict Management Solutions Inc. and has successfully mediated over five thousand (5,000) civil and family cases. Alison has had a full-time mediation practice for over 30 years, focusing primarily on family matters as well as family business disputes. She is Florida Supreme Court Certified in Circuit Court and Family law mediation. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (BA 1977) and the University of Miami Law School (JD 1980). She t...
JEFFREY A. WEISSMAN is a Principal at the law firm of Gladstone & Weissman, P.A. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 1994). Mr. Weissman is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law and is AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He was recently named “2018 Family Law Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America , and has been repeatedly selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America , Florida Trend Legal Elite magazine, Florida Super Lawyers (&ldq...
Lindsay B. Haber is Senior Counsel for the Law Offices of David L. Hirschberg, P.A. Prior to joining the Law Offices of David L. Hirschberg, P.A., Ms. Haber practiced family law as a partner in the Family Law Department of a prestigious South Florida litigation firm and has practiced family law exclusively for over ten (10) years. Ms. Haber is a graduate of the Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law, summa cum laude (J.D., 2010) and received her undergraduate degree...
Family Law Mediation Definition
Mediation is common in divorce, but also may be used in areas such as pre- or post-nuptial agreements and paternity matters. Couples with low conflict and reasonably good communication may choose mediation as an efficient way to navigate and resolve family law issues. Couples with more significant conflict or who struggle to communicate effectively may find mediation beneficial as a means of problem-solving, reducing conflict, and breaking impasse. Mediators should encourage and model positive communication-both speaking and listening skills. Mediators can help the parties communicate and negotiate more constructively, efficiently, and productively.
Mediators are usually privately selected and retained by the parties, though courts can order parties to participate in mediation. Mediation can occur with parties who have individually retained lawyers or parties who are self-represented. The parties most commonly communicate with one another directly in the presence of the mediator.
Mediation involves an interest-based approach to negotiations. Mediators should have specialized training in dispute resolution approaches and techniques. Mediators use their skills to help open and improve communication between the parties to assist them in resolving issues. Communications in mediation generally cannot be used against a party if there is subsequent litigation, which encourages open communication in the process. Additional professionals may be involved in mediation, such as financial and mental health experts, to assure informed decision-making and assist in exploring settlement options. The goal of family law mediation is to assist the parties in creating their own agreements to meet both their needs as well as the needs of their children.
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