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While divorces can be ugly, mediation is a tool that can be used to come to some agreement without going to court and having a trial. Mediation can be a great alternative to a long drawn out court battle and facilitates a quicker resolution to a divorce.

Mediation is often required by judges, especially in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Mediation allows a judge to push opposing parties into coming to an agreement. By requiring parties to attempt mediation, it also allows judges to keep their dockets clear for major and important hearings, rather than setting hearings for minor things that mediation can solve.

Mediation is good for the parties involved because it allows each side to vent their anger and disagreement in a controlled environment. A mediator will control the discussion and allow each side to express their desires and concerns for what they wish to happen with their assets and children. By coming to an agreement, both parties generally come away happier. When both parties come to an agreement, they are also more likely to follow and abide by that agreement.

One of the most important things to take with you to mediation is an attorney. A certified attorney will be the mediator, and your soon-to-be ex will likely have an attorney as well. Going to mediation without an attorney to ensure your side is heard and your interests are fought for is risky. While the mediator should allow you to speak, they are supposed to remain neutral and not advocate for either side.

The best thing you can do to prepare for mediation is to contact an attorney at Soler & Slack, P.A. to discuss your case and fight on your side during mediation.

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