Today’s video will review the 4 primary types of mediation available to you.
Cases between $1 and $5,000 are considered “small claims” cases and they are the same type of cases you see on your favorite court shows, like Judge Judy and The People’s Court. The types of cases can vary from landlord/tenant issues, to reclaiming property and/or money, auto repair disputes, credit card concerns, and disputes between contractors and homeowners or businesses. County civil mediation is for cases where the monetary value of the dispute is between $5,000 and $15,000.
Circuit mediation is for cases where the monetary value of the dispute is over $15,000. Many of these cases address disputes related to estates, minors and incapacitated persons, tax disputes, and issues related to real estate. When high-profile cases are settled out of court, many times they’ve gone through the mediation process.
Family Mediation is for cases addressing family conflict for married and unmarried persons, concerns related to divorce, including property division and issues concerning children’s needs in the context of divorce. Family mediation is one of the best tools for helping to resolve co-parenting disputes.
Dependency Mediation is ordered by a juvenile court judge and helps to resolve issues when a family has entered the juvenile dependency system. Parents can help create a case plan that may enable them to regain custody of their children. The mediation agreement takes into account the family's unique needs and builds on their strengths. Also, parents have a say in what services are needed for the well-being of the whole family.
Regardless of the type of mediation you’re involved with the same benefits apply. Mediation is private, cost-effective, and time efficient.
Whether you’ve already filed with your local court or you’re thinking of filing, contact me to help settle your county mediation dispute. Mediations can be done online or in person if you are in the Central FL area. Thank you!