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How much power does a divorce mediator have?

As half of a couple in Florida that's getting ready to split, you may be considering hiring a divorce mediator to help you through the roughest parts of the divorce. Mang & Santurri, P.A., are here to help debunk some common myths about divorce mediation that might help in your decision-making process.

The first myth is: divorce mediators have a lot of control when they step in to help out with your divorce. Some people believe that they have an almost court-like capacity to pass judgment on you and make decisions on your behalf. That simply isn't true.

The real purpose of a divorce mediator is to do just that: mediate. They intend to be a neutral third party between you and your partner, allowing the two of you to communicate with a little bit of a buffer zone. The mediator is supposed to make suggestions as to what both of you can do, based on things you've told them, things they have learned, and their own judgment.

Mediators cannot make any decisions on your behalf. They aren't trying to salvage your marriage, nor are they trying to impose their own views on you. In the end, they're basically just there to make suggestions you may not have thought of on your own.

If you would like to read more about divorce mediation and what it might be able to offer you, take a look at our web page on family law and divorce, linked here. You may be surprised by what you learn, and the information can be used when you speak with an attorney about your divorce options.

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