Tampa, Florida

Divorce Mediation

Tampa Mediation Attorney

Mediation Lawyer in Tampa

Mediation is the most common form of alternative dispute resolution. In the family law arena, mediation is the single most effective tool available to litigants to expeditiously resolve their differences. It is available to parties prior to embarking on litigation in the form of pre-suit mediation. It is required by Hillsborough County Local Rules before a party may seek a temporary relief hearing and a final mediation is required before the Court will set a cause for trial.

Parties are required, and generally ordered by the Court, to attend and conduct mediation, although they are not required to settle. It is often said that mediation is the last chance for parties to resolve their differences between them, prior to placing their lives in the hands of a Circuit Judge. The process of mediation involves the use of an independent and neutral mediator, usually an experienced family law attorney, to facilitate the negotiation of a settlement of all or part of the issues pending in a case. The process is informal, non-adversarial, and totally confidential.

Successful family law mediation involves offers and counteroffers between the parties seeking a middle ground of compromise that both parties can accept. While there is no “pressure” to settle, the failure to settle ordinarily results in the extraordinarily heavy burden of the expense of litigation.

Ordinarily, mediation must await the completion of the exchange of mandatory disclosure and the filing of financial affidavits in order for the parties to deal with verified information about their finances. Mediation may result in a total, or partial, settlement of issues. At a minimum, the settlement of some of the issues pending between the parties helps to focus and crystalize the issues that are holding parties apart. This has the added benefit of refining the issues that “must” be tried, even though the parties may agree on many other issues.

All four attorneys in the firm are mediators and all of us understand and appreciate the value of the cost saving approach to dispute resolution. More than fifty percent of the cases that come through the office are successfully mediated, in whole or in part, bringing our clients financial and emotional relief from the torment of divorce litigation.

Contact a Tampa mediation lawyer at Givens Givens Sparks today to discuss your divorce.

Client Testimonials

  • "I feel exceptionally fortunate having been referred to you."

  • "Rob has proven his extraordinary talent, perseverance, vast knowledge of the law, along with his professional demeanor and his ability to communicate and listen well."

  • "Your expertise, knowledge and professionalism put me at ease while you handled my out of state matters."

  • "I will be forever grateful for your assistance, understanding & concern on my divorce."

  • "Know anyone with the same amount of class, ethics and thoughtfulness and ability to execute as you?"

  • "The times we have with our granddaughter are a constant reminder of Rob’s highly effective work."

  • "Going through a divorce is a very traumatic event, but you all make your clients feel cared for and the trust factor is definitely felt."

  • "I would recommend them 200% to anyone who has to go through a divorce."

  • "I truly appreciate your brilliant legal minds and your professional protection of my desires and interests as pertaining to my home."

  • "If I ever have a friend who's going through a divorce, you will be the only name for me to recommend."

  • "Mr. Givens assured me that he was placing my needs in very good hands. He was correct because we are in a much better place because of your efforts."

  • "Stann is an intellectually gifted, highly motivated, knowledgeable attorney. He was truly a 'master negotiator.'"

  • "Rob, Thank you for your assistance and guidance throughout my divorce process. I will certainly recommend you to others seeking legal support."

  • "I appreciate you both always taking the time to answer all of my questions"

  • "Your joint efforts and hard work have finally brought a son and father together."

  • "Your guidance and wisdom has truly guided me through this difficult process that I can now put behind me."

  • "His research, preparation and professionalism is noteworthy in every aspect."

  • "Rob, I wanted to say THANK YOU for all of the time, effort and hard work you put into my case! Without your assistance, Madison would not be here with us in South Florida."

  • "Your guidance and wisdom has truly guided me through this difficult process that I can now put behind me. "

  • "His research, preparation and professionalism is noteworthy in every aspect. You have a brilliant attorney on your team."

  • Paula, thank you so much! You have been a true pleasure to work with through this difficult process. I really appreciate it.

  • "Rob, Thanks again for all of your help through this process. You and Paula have both been great."

  • "Ellen, this comes with sincere gratitude for a job well done. You have restored my faith in your profession. Thank you for always acting in my best interest."

  • "Ellen, I could not have been more fortunate in my legal representation!"

  • "I am very happy that I selected your firm and would not hesitate to give my highest recommendation."

  • "Rob, I wanted to say thank you for all your efforts in getting this agreement settled."

  • You have been wonderfully amazing. Thank you for everything. So grateful.

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At Givens Givens Sparks, your family is our family. As such, we promise to fight for each client and voraciously protect their best interests. Facing a family law issue? Get in touch with us to learn how we can help!

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