Attorney Knight-Tai, is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator.
WHAT DOES A FAMILY MEDIATOR DO? Well, briefly, if you have a family law matter (one you are considering taking to court, or if you have been served with a petition) and all the parties agree, you can bring the case to a Family Mediator, and possibly have all the issues resolved at the mediator's office. It is a cooperative approach to divorce and other family matters.
WHICH PARTY WOULD ATTORNEY KNIGHT-TAI REPRESENT IN MEDIATION? Neither. As a mediator, Ms. Knight-Tai would not serve as an attorney. She would be a neutral third party. She would not take either parties' side, but would gently guide the two sides to an amicable resolution, if possible.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MEDIATION? The principal benefits of mediation are that it is: time-saving in comparison with other ways of resolving disputes; less costly than alternatives; less stressful than going to court; and a way of enabling the parties to keep in control of the situation. It is a non-adversarial proceeding. The purpose of mediation is not to prove who is right or wrong, but to try to reach a fair outcome, taking into effect, the best interest of the family and the concerns of the individual parties.
HOW LONG IS MEDIATION? The length of mediation depends on the parties, and the issues they bring to the table. It is anticipated that mediation, if the issues are able to be resolved at table, would be completed within a matter of hours. The issues could be resolved in one day, or may take several visits.
WHEN DOES MEDIATION END? Hopefully when the issues are resolved. If not, when the parties say so, or are unable to further the goal of amicably resolving the issues. Then the mediator will declare an impasse, which basically means that the remaining issues can not be resolved in mediation.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO MEDIATION? While there are many benefits to mediation, the 3C's are the most popular reasons: Cost: While a mediator may charge a fee comparable to that of an attorney, the mediation process generally takes much less time than moving a case through standard legal channels. Taking less time means expending less money on hourly fees and costs. Confidentiality: While court hearings are public, mediation remains strictly confidential. No one but the parties to the dispute and the mediator(s) know what happened. Many mediators destroy their notes taken during a mediation once that mediation has finished. The only exceptions to such strict confidentiality usually involve child abuse or actual or threatened criminal acts. Control: Mediation increases the control the parties have over the resolution. In a court case, the parties obtain a resolution, but control resides with the judge or jury. Often, a judge or jury cannot legally provide solutions that emerge in mediation. Thus, mediation is more likely to produce a result that is mutually agreeable for the parties.
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