Tampa Family Mediation Attorneys
rechel & associates, p.a.
Mediation is a compulsory process of any family law case. Before the Court litigates a decision on issues of parenting plan, equitable distribution, alimony, child support, or attorney fees (be it initial or post-judgment), the parties will be required by Court to participate in settlement discussions.
The role of a mediator in that discussion is neutral - it is the parties, themselves, who are empowered with decision making authority, and the parties, themselves, who ultimately make the decisions as to their final agreement.
You can attempt to mediate a settlement before or during your case, but cannot use an attorney whom you have used as a litigator or advisor in your case to act as an impartial mediator, nor can a mediator later be hired to represent your interests in a divorce.