Florida law requires divorcing parents with minor children to complete an approved parenting class before the divorce can be finalized.

Many parents with minor children that meet with me to discuss pre-suit divorce mediation are surprised and annoyed when they hear that attending a parenting class is required before the court can finalize the divorce.  When the rationale underlying this requirement is explained, however, it becomes clear that a mandatory parenting class is a good idea that can only benefit the children.   The Florida Legislature has set forth the specific reasons for this requirement directly in Section 61.21 of the Florida

Pre-suit divorce mediation give the parties the opportunity to conclude their divorce in a matter of weeks, at a fraction of the cost of traditional contested divorce litigation.

One of the most common questions I’ve been asked about divorce over the years is how long the process takes to be completed.  There are many variables that go into answering this question, but one thing is certain—pre-suit mediation provides a much quicker path to the end of the divorce process, and at a substantially reduced cost.   In Florida, the average contested divorce takes approximately one year, and the length of time can increase dramatically if the issues are particularly complex

Family pets are sometimes the subject of expensive and emotional litigation, and it benefits both spouses to settle such issues through pre-suit mediation.

Most of us that adopt pets agree to a lifelong commitment to care for the pet the rest of its life, and we all know what a deep emotional connection people have to their pets.  Many people develop a profound love for their pets and develop a sense of obligation to care for their pet’s well-being that is similar in some respects to the way parents care about their children, especially for couples that never have children.  When relationships break