Top reasons a divorcing couple should consider a mediated divorce from Natalie Baird

Natalie Baird is a Board Certified Attorney in Family and Marital Law as well as a Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator. She knows and understands the court system and how difficult a litigated divorce can be to divorcing spouses in Tampa Florida. This is why Natalie recommends a mediated divorce to divorcing couples that are looking to end their marriage.

What makes a mediated divorce so much better than a litigated divorce?


Litigated divorces involve court hearings and legal proceedings. The court system is an extremely slow moving entity and you have no control over when you’re hearing is set. Litigated divorces are also much slower to finalize than a mediated divorce. Mediated divorces involve you and your spouse making decisions about the terms of your divorce. Decisions on marital assets can be negotiated to try to achieve an agreeable solution to you and your spouse.

Personal control

A litigated divorce compared to a mediated divorce involves a judge making final decisions about how to divide property and assets. Florida is an equitable distribution state which means that marital assets are usually divided equitably to both parties. This might not be the best solution for your situation, and the final decision is taken away from you. For example, you might be able to negotiate keeping certain assets that mean more to you than others. Instead, a litigated divorce might have you selling the property and dividing the proceeds. Every situation is different so it is best to have you and your spouse making decisions instead of an impartial judge.

Virtual Mediations

Another great thing about mediated divorces in Tampa Bay is that Natalie Baird of barred mediated divorces uses a system called virtual mediations. Due to the recent covid-19 pandemic, Natalie began conducting virtual mediations via teleconferencing technology. In other words, you could be in Fort Lauderdale and your spouse could be in Tampa, and you could both participate in your mediation remotely. You and your spouse will connect with Natalie Baird in separate virtual meeting rooms. Each of you will discuss the issues that are important to you with Natalie and she will switch between each room to help you both come to an equitable decision. The beauty of remote mediations is that you no longer have to drive through traffic to meet face to face in unfamiliar settings. As long as you have a quiet place to meet virtually, you can finalize your divorce in as little as one session.

We look forward to helping you and your spouse and your divorce in an equitable manner that both sides can accept. For more information please fill out the form to the left or give us a call at 1-813-440-9975