The Florida court system has utilized the power of alternative dispute resolution methods for over three decades, offering potential litigants opportunities to resolve their differences without judicial intervention. Florida law mandates divorcing couples and unmarried parents take the path of mediation. This approach is designed to guide couples to a marital settlement agreement or parenting plan agreement with reduced financial burden, time investment, and emotional stress compared to a courtroom proceeding. In family law, mediation provides a distinctive and compassionate approach, focusing on amicable negotiation and achieving mutually beneficial and equitable outcomes. Mediation allows for less resentment, less legal fees and faster resolution. When the parties decide what is best for their needs at mediation it is a win/win.
Who Should Attend Family Law Mediation?
- Divorcing Couples: Mediation is a valuable choice for couples undergoing divorce. They can voluntarily opt for mediation before heading to court for disputes related to property division, timesharing, parenting plans, child support, and alimony agreements. If they reach an agreement, it is submitted to the court to become enforceable. The Florida court system mandates mediation for family law issues if a couple has yet to choose to attend it voluntarily. Mediation is confidential and reduces cost on legal expenses.
- Unmarried Parents: Either voluntarily or through a court order, unmarried couples can establish timesharing, parenting plans, or child support matters by attending mediation. Mediation enables them to discuss these sensitive issues in a confidential setting, focusing on the child’s best interest.
- Court-Mandated Mediation: When couples have not voluntarily chosen the mediation route, Florida law requires mediation for family law issues. It aims to reduce the burden on the court system and empower families to make decisions in a confidential setting.
- Attorney Recommendations: For divorcing couples, unmarried parents, or others involved in family conflicts, a referral to an experienced, skilled Florida-certified mediator can lead to satisfactory outcomes. Referrals are frequently made for clients who need an economical solution to their problems, want more confidentiality than a court case will allow, and are seeking a faster resolution than a lengthy courtroom proceeding.
Attorney Kimberly A. Gilmour: A Trusted and Effective Mediator
Attorney Kimberly Gilmour has provided over twenty-three years of successful meditation services for individuals. She excels at reconciling differences and finding practical solutions, bringing a wealth of experience, dedication, and compassion to her mediation services. Her role as an impartial professional is underscored by her qualities of empathy and neutrality, ensuring that families are guided toward solutions.
Mediator Gilmour can understand and relate to the emotions and experiences of both parties, creating an atmosphere of trust where families feel heard and validated. Her extensive knowledge of conflict resolution techniques and strategies helps families identify common ground, resulting in effective resolutions. With a legal career spanning over three decades, she possesses a profound knowledge of Florida law, ensure that any proposed agreements in mediation align with legal requirements.
Key Aspects in Family Mediation:
- Timesharing and Parenting Plans: Whether you are filing for divorce or seeking modifications to existing court orders, mediation provides a platform for parents to create a plan that prioritizes the child’s best interests. Often, these plans address visitation schedules, relocation, educational and healthcare decisions, and financial responsibilities.
- Property Division: Dividing assets and liabilities in the midst of a divorce can be a contentious undertaking. Mediation facilitates the fair and equitable distribution of property. This approach is known for customization, inclusivity, and a more personalized resolution than court-imposed decisions.
- Alimony: Taking control of spousal support issues in mediation is a proactive choice, preferable to placing the outcome in the hands of a judge. It involves discussing the ability of both parties to meet their financial needs without causing undue hardship.
Your Resolution Journey Begins Here
At Kimberly A. Gilmour, P.A., our unwavering dedication to justice and peaceful dispute resolution has solidified our reputation as a trusted name in the legal community. We welcome referrals from colleagues in the legal profession and individuals needing our services. Every dispute deserves a fair, considerate, and effective approach. Our goal is to ensure that every journey toward resolution will include compassion, competence, and a brighter tomorrow.
Contact Kimberly A. Gilmour, P.A., at (954) 584-6460 to arrange an appointment at our Daytona Beach, Florida, office. We also offer the option of video conference appointments for your convenience. Although our primary service areas encompass Volusia, Orange, Brevard, Flagler, Lake, and St. John’s Counties, we can travel throughout Florida without incurring travel expenses for clients. We also have a satellite office in Broward County.