Mediation in Tampa
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution. It is a dynamic, structured, interactive process where a neutral third party assists disputing parties in resolving conflict through the use of specialized communication and negotiation techniques. Mediation may be initiated by the parties or may be compelled by legislation, the courts, or contractual terms. Private sessions are confidential. If the parties reach an agreement, the mediator or a party’s attorney will draft the agreement for the parties’ signatures. The process is typically less formal than litigation and gives the parties more control of their process and outcome. The mediator has no power to render a resolution to the conflict; instead, the parties fashion the solution as the mediator moves through the process. Mediation can be beneficial because it is less costly and timely than litigation.
The attorneys at Open Palm can either act as your family law mediator, or they can represent you as your attorney during your mediation sessions. As trained mediators, they are skilled in the art of negotiation, which benefits their clients in whatever capacity they serve.
FAQs for Mediation
Do I need an attorney to represent me at my divorce mediation?
While you are not required to be represented by an attorney during a divorce mediation, an attorney who specializes in family law will ensure that you receive all you are entitled. At the very least, you should have an attorney available telephonically with whom you can consult during your mediation as questions arise.
Will I be required to attend mediation during my divorce?
If you are unable to resolve your dispute without mediation, the judge will likely order you to attend mediation.
Can my attorney act as my mediator?
No. While many family law attorneys are also family law mediators, a mediator is a neutral party, and as such, s/he cannot represent a party in both capacities.
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“Joryn was simply amazing. Her supporting, consistent, honest, and most importantly – productive – approach was exactly what I needed to get through the process. A court trial was imminent if we did not have a successful mediation (the third one!), and no other attorney was able to focus the entire team like Joryn.”Danielle, January 2016
JORYN JENKINS | FOUNDING PARTNER,
TRIAL ATTORNEY, COLLABORATIVE ATTORNEY
Open Palm in Tampa, Florida is proud to present our firm’s founder, Joryn Jenkins. Please take a moment to read about her qualifications to assist you. We also invite you to view her resume.
In the beginning, Ms. Jenkins worked for one of the ten largest law firms in the country in its Washington, D.C. office. After nearly three years practicing in all aspects of regulatory law, she took a break from big firm life to work exclusively for one of her own clients on a class action involving more than fifty sex discrimination claims in California. When she returned to the East Coast, she accepted an offer from the state attorney in Tampa, E.J. Salcines (now an appellate judge). CONTINUE READING…