Quick. Collaborative. Amicable. Beneficial.

Many people assume that divorce must be a difficult and contentious time that ultimately tears families apart. A couple may decide to part ways, but that doesn't mean the legal process has to be drawn out and emotionally draining. There are alternatives to traditional divorce, and a collaborative law attorney like Pedro A. Cofiño can help you navigate these other options, which include mediation.

What Are The Benefits Of Mediation?

More and more couples are looking to collaborative law or mediation as a divorce process option because of the many benefits associated with the process. In most cases, the collaborative process is:

  • Less expensive: Mediators typically cost less than a lawyer and, combined with the fact that spouses are encouraged to work out matters on their own, there is less time spent in court, which also reduces the cost.
  • Much shorter: The traditional divorce process can easily turn into drawn-out litigation if spouses continually fail to agree on important divorce issues including property division, custody and support payments for both the other spouse and the child. Because mediation focuses on collaboration and encourages spouses to work together toward a resolution, spouses typically are eager to resolve matters quickly.
  • A way to remain in the driver's seat: Naming the specific terms of the divorce, rather than leaving it to a judge or jury to decide is empowering, especially for people who had a divorce thrust upon them or are still struggling with the fact that their marriage has ended.
  • Less formal: While traditional divorces take place in a courtroom, mediation proceedings can happen anywhere that is considered private and promotes confidentiality. Spouses who choose mediation typically find places outside of court less threatening and are therefore more comfortable during negotiations.
  • Promotes confidentiality: Because traditional divorces take place in a courtroom, they are considered public proceedings, meaning proceedings and files are available for public review. This is not the case with mediation. The dissolution of marriage only becomes public record after negotiations are complete, and the couple is submitting their final divorce agreement to a judge.
  • No surprise endings: Because spouses work together to find resolutions, those who go through mediation typically do not have to contend with the frustration of a "surprise ending," which often happens when a judge is left to make decisions concerning the dissolution of marriage.

Saving You Time, Money And Stress Through Collaborative Law Solutions

At Cofiño Trial Law, our legal team has the experience and skill to facilitate negotiations and conversations that help you resolve your family law matters quickly and with minimal emotional strain.

The collaborative process can help parents who agree on most terms of their divorce and want to shield their children from a contentious divorce. This process allows the parents to create flexible custody and visitation arrangements and support agreements that work for their family and the needs of their children.

Since both parties have equal buy-in on the final outcome, divorce decrees crafted during mediation rarely have enforcement issues in the future and build a framework for a healthy future for both the parents and the children.

Are You Interested In Mediation? Give Us A Call.

Attorney Pedro A. Cofiño is a certified mediator through the Florida Supreme Court and has more than 30 years of experience handling a variety of family law matters. He can not only facilitate negotiations, he can also guide you and your partner through any legal challenge that arises, helping you make informed decisions that offer the best possible outcome.

If you would like to schedule a consultation with Mr. Cofiño to discuss your case, contact our office in Miami Beach, Florida. Call 305-222-7389 or send us an email. The cost of your consultation will be applied to your retainer if you retain our services.