Question: What is mediation?
Jeff Weissman: Essentially mediation involves a discussion between two parties in conflict through the assistance of a neutral person, known as the mediator; the mediator guides the process. The mediator also investigates various settlement options and solutions to the conflict.
Question: What are the benefits of receiving mediation?
Jeff Weissman: As opposed to a court settlement where only one party will become the victor, mediation enables both parties to receive a satisfactory resolution to their problem.
Question: How do you know whether a situation calls for mediation?
Jeff Weissman: If a possibility of conflict arises, such as the suggestion of divorce for instance, seeking mediation immediately assists in preventing an expensive and painful court battle, allowing proper communication and understanding to replace intense emotions and antagonistic attitudes. Waiting only allows the tension to build.
Question: What is necessary for successful mediation?
Jeff Weissman: Both parties must cooperate with the mediator and commit themselves to acting fairly. In order to facilitate this process, each party may meet with an attorney for advice and to support his or her position.
About Jeff Weissman: Attorney and Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator, he practices law with Gladstone & Weissman, P.A. Board certified in marital and family law, he holds membership in professional organizations such as the Florida Bar, the American Inns of Court, and the American Bar Association.