Adam Sacks is a former State of Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator as well as an experienced family law attorney in North Florida. As a former mediator, Adam Sacks knows the ins and outs of mediation. The job of the mediator is to help facilitate the negotiation process and create a respectful atmosphere to enable the parties to reach the best possible outcome for themselves. The wonderful thing about mediation is that the process gives the parties the ability to control the outcome of your case, you are being given the power to create a solution that works for you and your family instead of letting a Judge make that decision for you.
So, what exactly does “mediation’ mean. Mediation is a process whereby a neutral third person called a mediator acts to encourage and facilitate the resolution of a dispute between two or more parties. The mediation process is an informal and non-adversarial process with the goal of helping the disputing parties reach a mutually acceptable and voluntary agreement. During mediation, the decision making authority belongs to the parties. The mediator’s role include, but is not limited to , helping the parties identify issues, fostering joint problem solving as well as evolving settlement alternatives under Florida Statute Section 44.101. (2) (2016).
The mediation process begins with the parties meeting with the mediator. The parties may appear with or without attorneys. The mediator may speak to the parties separately, called a Caucus, so that parties address their concerns in a more relaxed and private environment. The mediator cannot give any legal advice and thus it may be important to consider hiring an attorney prior to attending mediation. At mediation, if the case is resolved, in whole or in part, the mediator assists in preparing the document which is to be submitted to the court. In family cases, the agreement must be approved by the court.
The rules of confidentiality always apply at mediation. Anything you say at mediation is confidential and cannot be repeated to anyone outside of the mediation setting. In fact, while you are in mediation, if you do not want the other party to be advised of information that you shared with the mediator, that information is also confidential.
The mediation process is also valuable in that the costs of your legal matter can be controlled by you. By resolving your case at mediation, you get to control how much you spend on your case. When you leave your fate in the hands of a Judge you subject yourself to the uncertainty of our Judicial system which could end up costing your thousands of dollars as a well as a judgment that you are not satisfied with.
Call the Law Offices of Sacks & Sacks, P.A. to have Adam Sacks’ at your mediation. As a former mediator and as a family law attorney who has represented hundreds of clients at mediation. Mr. Sacks has the skills to keep your case away form trial and in your control.