Jeff Weissman, Attorney, Answers Frequently Asked Questions on Mediation

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.

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Board certified in Marital and Family Law, attorney Jeff Weissman has been called to present at numerous conferences and seminars. He also authored the Parental Relocation Law, Section 61.13001, which was enacted in the State of Florida in 2006. Jeff Weissman has presented regularly for the Florida Bar Association, Family Law Section. In late 2010, Weissman spoke on practical and theoretical aspects of evidence within a family law context. Earlier that year, he gave a seminar on practice and procedure, which was attended by over 1,000 attorneys and other legal professionals from across Florida. In 2009, Jeff Weissman led seminars on equitable distribution and development of time-sharing parenting plans. He also moderated a judicial panel on parental relocation issues. These events each attracted hundreds of legal professionals. In addition, Weissman led basic family law seminars in Miami and Tampa, covering issues such as attorney’s fees, methods for determining jurisdiction, and practices and procedures. Jeff Weissman has also accepted speaking engagements in the corporate sector. Jeff Weissman studied at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, graduating in 1994. He has focused on family and marital law since that time, and he has served as a Partner at Gladstone & Weissman, P.A. for more than a decade. Weissman holds two Florida Supreme Court certifications: as a Mediator and a Guardian Ad Litem. He has been recognized with numerous professional awards, including repeat listings in Florida Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America.

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