Florida Mediation Services
FLORIDA MEDIATION SERVICES
Our Florida Mediators
Therapist and attorney mediators who are highly experienced in the field of conflict resolution conduct our mediation services. Our Florida mediators include:
To access our Florida mediation services and any of our mediators, please contact us for a free no-obligation consultation.
Florida Mediation Offices
With 40 mediator offices in Florida, we cover most of the state including Tallahassee, Tampa, and South Florida. CFR office locations include: Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Coral Gables, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Pierce, Holiday, Lake City, Largo, Madison, Melbourne, Miami, Miami Beach, Miramar, Naples, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Harbor, Plantation, Port Richey, Royal Palm Beach, Sabastian, Spring Hill, St. Lucie, St. Petersburg, Sunrise, Tallahassee, Tampa, Trinity, Vero Beach, West Palm Beach, and in Dothan, Alabama.
More information about our mediator office locations throughout the US can be found here: CFR Office Locations.
General Florida Mediation Rules
As of now, the State of Florida has not enacted any requirements or guidelines for the practice of mediation. Parties may choose any mediator. A list of certified mediators is maintained by the Florida State Supreme Court those on the list are eligible to receive court referrals.
In Florida, couples who are divorcing can opt to meet with a neutral mediator of their choice to attempt to resolve all of the issues related to the divorce settlement and child custody agreement or parenting plan.
There are no established rules pertaining to who can act as a mediator in a Florida divorce. As is customary in mediation, those in dispute must voluntarily choose the mediator for their divorce.
Florida Specific Information
In Florida, mediation is voluntary, although there some occasions where courts will mandate it. Even in those instances where mandated by the courts, those in dispute voluntarily reach any agreements made. If mediation is not successful, parties always have the right to proceed with litigation.
State courts may order some cases to mediation prior to further litigation, however agreements reached remain voluntary.
Florida Mediation Rules
The Mediation Confidentiality and Privilege Act (Statute 44.405) recognizes the confidential and privileged nature of mediation in the State of Florida. The confidentiality of the proceedings legally assured through the Act permits those in dispute to freely discuss the issues involved without concern that such discussions will be used against them in future litigation. Furthermore Florida has enacted provisions for civil remedies against any participant in mediation “who knowingly and willfully discloses a mediation communication in violation” of the Act.
Florida has not enacted a statewide certification of mediators or ethical guidelines or standards of practice, although the courts do maintain a certification system for those mediators who wish to receive referrals from the courts. Private mediators can practice without authorization of courts or other judicial bodies.
Like other entities, CFR establishes its own qualifications for certification of mediators. CFR and all mediators follow the established ethical guidelines of the Association of Conflict Resolution. Although there is no statewide grievance procedure, CFR clients who are unhappy with the services of their assigned mediator can request redress by CFR management.