Divorce Mediation in St. Petersburg and Tampa
We have law offices in Largo & Palm Harbor serving Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties
K. Dean Kantaras is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law by the Florida Bar
To some degree, most Florida divorce cases undergo some form of divorce mediation. In Tampa, for example, the crowded court dockets are more efficient when spouses have reached as much agreement as possible before their first day in court. Each divorce attorney at the Law Offices of K. Dean Kantaras, P.A. has the skills and training as a divorce mediator in Saint Petersburg, and throughout Pasco, Pinellas, and Hillsborough Counties.
How Tampa divorce mediation works
Divorce mediation is essentially a process whereby both spouses and their divorce mediation attorneys bring all financial and other information to a meeting to iron out the conditions of their divorce. The more motivated both parties are to put emotional issues aside, the better their chances are of reaching agreement.
A divorce mediator in Tampa, who does not represent either party, may preside over the meeting—the Tampa divorce mediator facilitates the discussion of all typical divorce issues, such as issues involving the children, alimony, and division of property.
The finalization of a mediated divorce takes place in court. But, depending on how successful the mediation process was, the courtroom process can potentially be a quick administrative process. In other cases, some litigation may be required to settle any issues that could not be previously resolved.
The purpose of divorce mediation
One obvious reason for St. Petersburg divorce mediation is cost—the less time you spend in courtroom litigation, the greater the potential is for saving money. But, there are many other reasons to begin divorce with the mediation process, including the following:
- Separations: If you are not quite ready for a divorce, and separation may be a first step when you cannot currently live together, you need to agree to temporary terms during the period you live apart. This is particularly important when minor children are involved.
- Pre-court settlement: You can shorten the courtroom process and move on more quickly if you can come to the divorce proceeding with most or all of your issues settled with the help of a Saint Petersburg divorce mediator. Plus, mediation allows both spouses to make their own decisions, rather than put their futures in the hands of a judge.
- Emotional benefits: Much of the success of divorce mediation depends on the ability of both parties to put their emotional issues to the side so they can negotiate a fair settlement. While courtroom divorce proceedings have a reputation for being contentious, emotionally-devastating experiences, settling through mediation removes much or all of the pain, allowing you both to get past the pain and start the best possible life for you and your children.
Contact the Family Law Attorneys at K. Dean Kantaras, P.A.
You need compassionate attorneys with special skills to help you through the process of divorce mediation. K. Dean Kantaras is board certified in marital and family law by the Florida Bar. Those wishing to know more about the skilled representation we can offer in all aspects of family laws in Florida are invited to contact our firm at 727.781.0000, or use our online contact form.
Our multiple offices are conveniently located in Largo, Clearwater, and Palm Harbor, and we help clients in Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties.