Is Mediation required in Florida Family Law cases?
The short answer is, “yes it is.” Generally, in family law cases, those are divorce and paternity cases and modification of divorce and paternity cases, a mediation is required before you go to a trial.
You do not need to have a mediation if you and the other side can come to an agreement without one. Buy, if you want the judge to decide your case, you are going to have to have to have a mediation.
There are a few reasons for this mediation requirement. The first is, since most cases settle at mediation, doing away with the mediation requirement would greatly increase the number of trials which would delay all of those trials.
The second result of mediation is since most cases settle, that keeps the cost of litigation much lower than it would be. In general, th cost of a mediation is a few hundred dollars, whereas the cost of a trial is many thousands of dollars.