Check out these top 5 mediation myths

If you are going through a contested divorce in Florida (in other words you and your spouse do not agree on the division of assets or children), you will be required to go to divorce mediation to help come to an agreement. This should not be looked on as a bad thing, because no matter how disagreeable you and your spouse are, a trained divorce mediator like Natalie Baird of Tampa, Florida will help you negotiate your issues and come to an amicable agreement.

1. You will not get what you deserve

By law, Florida is typically an equitable distribution state, which means that everything will be divided equally. This includes children, property, investments and debt. This is the same for men and women.

2. My spouse and I don’t get along, we won’t be able to talk

Natalie Baird is a Florida Supreme Court certified divorce mediator in The Tampa Area, and she has helped thousands of people come to an agreement during their divorce. Natalie also uses the latest technology so that you no longer have to have a face-to-face meeting during a mediation. Being physically apart and only communicating through a teleconference helps to ease tensions and can make you mediation a much more pleasurable experience. We call it Virtual Mediation – or in other words, remote mediation.

3. The mediator will make all the decisions for me and my spouse

That’s not what a mediator does. A mediator is a neutral third-party that simply will help guide the conversation. They have no interest in either side winning or losing. A divorce mediator just doesn’t have the authority to make decisions for you or your spouse.

4. We won’t come to an agreement

Florida courts want couples to go to mediation to come up with an amicable agreement when it comes to the terms of your divorce. You are not legally required to come to an agreement during mediation, but if you don’t, be prepared for a longer and more expensive litigated approach. Natalie Baird of Natalie Baird Mediations is a respected member of the Florida Bar and has the experience to help you and your spouse come to an agreement.

5. Mediation is expensive

Incorrect! Mediated divorces are far cheaper than a litigated divorce. A mediated divorce is also much quicker and easier on the family. 

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