Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator
Ms. Diaz is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator.
She believes that mediation is a simple, low-stress alternative to the litigation process. Attorneys utilize this alternative dispute resolution process with increased frequency due to its humane way of resolving issues as well as serving as a less antagonistic and stressful procedure than litigation.
Mediation is a process that involves the assistance of a neutral third party called a mediator.
In many cases, this mediator is a family law litigator or another legal professional who meets with both parties and their lawyers. They also may meet with just the parties without accompanying legal representation. The goal of the mediator is helping the parties reach a resolution to their case.
During the mediation process, the case’s settlement remains in the hands of the two parties. A mediator does not provide legal advice and is not allowed to make any of the decisions.
An Agreement to Settle
When the two parties agree to settle their disputes through mediation, they agree to take the decision-making process out of the hands of the court, restoring the power into their own hands.
Through mediation, the parties can settle the dispute once and for all. If they reach an agreement, the case is finalized and no appeal is available.
Mediation is often successful, especially when both parties possess representation by counsel during the process. Florida law requires parties to attend mediation before the court provides a trial date or hearing.
Ms. Diaz is ready to serve as a mediator in matters concerning divorce, alimony and/or child support
As well as modifications, custody, time-sharing, paternity, and other related matters at a lower rate than that posed by courtroom litigation.