DIVORCE MEDIATION, MARITAL SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS, PARENTING PLANS
Divorce is difficult. It often becomes embattled and expensive; but it does not have to be. Mediation offers an opportunity to compromise, focusing on a positive direction for your life after divorce without high attorney bills and stressful, costly litigation. Mediation gives parents the opportunity to discuss the many options available to them in formulating a parenting plan. Coming to an agreement through mediation saves thousands of dollars that can be better used for family and children.
The purpose of parenting coordination is to provide a child-focused alternative dispute resolution process. A parenting coordinator assists the parents in creating or implementing a parenting plan by facilitating the resolution of disputes between the parents. A parent coordinator can provide education, make recommendations, and with the prior approval of the parents and the court, make decisions within the scope of the court’s order of referral.
If a parenting plan cannot be mutually agreed upon, either parent can request that the court order a social investigation to get an impartial expert's analysis of what would be in the best interest of the child. Our certified licensed therapists use insights gained in interviews, observations and home visits to provide recommendations to the court and both parties focused on improving outcomes for the child or children involved.
GUARDIAN AD LITEM
In high conflict divorce and time sharing disputes Florida courts may appoint a guardian ad litem. The guardian ad litem serves as a neutral party who helps to ensure a child’s physical and psychological safety and emotional well-being are protected. It can be very valuable to have a licensed counselor serve as a child's guardian ad litem. Interviews are conducted with parents, relatives, teachers, therapist, doctors, and the guardian ad litem also talks with the child directly. They may also reviews the court file and all other relevant records in the case in order to make informed recommendations in the child's best interest.
When a court orders supervised visitation or supervised time sharing a designated third party remains with the child for the entire duration of their interaction with their visiting parent. Supervised visitation aims to ensure the safety and well-being of the child.
Mosaic Counseling of Florida has licensed therapists with certification and expertise in each of these areas. Please call us at 407-777-5679 for more information.