Yes, you can get a divorce in Florida without an attorney using a mediator. A mediator is a 3rd party neutral professional who can assist you and your spouse with negotiating an agreement that you and your spouse can both live with to successfully un-couple and move on with separate lives. A mediator, may be an attorney, like the mediators in our office, but they do not function as an attorney in the process. It is not the mediator's role to provide legal advice to you or your spouse or to provide you with feedback about whether or not the agreement you are making is in your best interest. The mediators job is to walk you through the necessary proportions of a divorce and to help both of you negotiate an agreement that they can live with and that makes sense to YOUR individual situation. While we draw on our experiences as an attorney to help provide you with options and ideas, we do not provide legal advice. Our office can then provide you with assistance in filing the documents with the Court and proceeding to obtain a divorce without the assistance of a lawyer.
While mediation is the right choice for many couples, for other couples an uncontested divorce utilizing a lawyer is the better choice. When you hire our firm to assist you with an uncontested divorce you do get the benefit of legal advice and attorney reviewed and drafted divorce documents. An uncontested divorce is the perfect solution for you if you and your spouse have already agreed to the terms of your divorce but simply need to make sure the agreement is properly prepared and that you are protected legally in the future.
There are other options which provide alternatives to litigation as well, such as a collaborative divorces or pre-suit mediation. There are significant advantages and disadvantages to each of these options. Speaking with an attorney and mediator experienced in all of the options will help guide you in the right direction. Our office is happy to point you in the right direction.