Many Florida family courts refer to mediation any family law case including divorce and paternity actions, before a court will enter a final judgment or grant temporary relief. Either party to a family law case can request the court order the parties to attend mediation.
All issues of a divorce or family law case can be mediated. This means that you can mediate division of marital assets and liabilities, alimony and child support, a parenting plan, and any other issues raised by either party.
The parties to a divorce or family law case can choose court or private mediation services.
Many Florida courts offer mediation services for divorce and family law cases. Court mediation services generally is limited in time, although the parties can continue mediation to a future session. Cost of court mediation is usually based on a flat rate for mediation services but can be waived upon the clerk's determination of indigence. Flat rates for court mediation services are based on the parties combined joint income. Parties who have a combined annual income of $50,000 or less, will usually pay $60.00 each. Parties who have a combined annual income of more than $50,000, will usually pay $120 each.