Florida residents and others who are going through the divorce process may want to consider negotiating settlements with the help of a mediator. Working with a mediator may be especially helpful for those who have children together. This is because he or she will help individuals work together to resolve property division and other issues in an amicable manner. Parents who are able to work together during mediation are more likely to be able to work together to raise their children.

For mediation to yield results, individuals will need to respect the needs and wishes of their former partners. In some cases, it will be necessary for each person to make concessions to the other even if they don’t always feel good about doing so. Generally speaking, mediation is not appropriate for couples who have a history of domestic violence. This is because it may be difficult for victims to trust or feel safe talking to their abusers.

One upside of attempting to settle a divorce outside of court is that anything that is said in a mediation session is confidential. It is also important to understand that any agreements that are reached in a mediation session are nonbinding until paperwork has been signed. Individuals are encouraged to have an attorney review the terms of a proposed deal before they go into effect.

State divorce law may determine how property is divided or how child custody orders are created. Generally speaking, individuals are entitled to receive a portion of marital assets such as a family home or money in a bank account. Furthermore, parents are generally allowed to have custody or visitation rights to their children. A legal representative may be able to review a proposed divorce settlement or help a person negotiate favorable settlement terms.