Mediation is defined by Florida Statute Chapter 44.1011(2) as “a process whereby a neutral third-party called a mediator acts to encourage and facilitate the resolution of the dispute between two or more parties.” Parties are required to attend mediation before proceeding to trial in all counties in the 19th Judicial Circuit.

The majority of family law cases are resolved at mediation, without proceeding to trial. There are many advantages to mediation, including avoiding extensive trial costs, achieving quicker resolutions, and controlling the terms of a settlement agreement.

Patricia meets with her clients prior to mediation to extensively prepare for the conference. Patricia will review and calculate various child support guideline amounts, and discuss details of a parenting plan if children are involved, prior to mediation. Patricia explains the mediation process to her clients and attends the conference with them in order to ensure the most effective representation.

For more information about mediation and to schedule your confidential consultation, contact the law office of Patricia Sciarrino at (772) 463-8017.

Patricia Sciarrino represents clients in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River & Okeechobee counties who reside in Stuart, Palm City, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Port Saint Lucie, Fort Pierce and Okeechobee in marital and family law matters, including the following areas:

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