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The Important and Helpful Role of Mediation

Florida courts require all contested child custody cases be mediated. Most mediations result in a settlement and a workable Parenting Plan. Attorney Michael Hines can prepare clients for mediation with a neutral third party.  If these talks are not productive, as an experienced trial attorney, he will help you stand your ground in litigation.

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For Your Children’s Sake

Divorce is always detrimental in some ways to children. However, as parents, you have considerable power to minimize the impact. It's not your decision to lead separate lives that is most harmful to your kids — it's the bitter legal wrangling during divorce and inability to get along afterward that takes a toll. For your children's sake, we encourage you to put emotions aside to strive for an out-of-court Parenting Plan in mediation.

Parenting Plans are some of the most challenging and difficult aspects of a divorce case. The parents must work through or litigate who the children will live with most of the time; and it can be a terrifying, frustrating and demanding process.

Shared Parental Responsibility is the legal presumption in Florida. The Court feels that both parents should be actively involved in their children's lives, education, religious upbringing, health and welfare. The Court will grant Shared Parental Responsibility unless one parent is truly unfit. Otherwise, both parents will work together jointly raising their children.  To that end, Attorney Michael Hines helps families take the steps required to put forth the most workable Parenting Plan possible.

Some Problems Can Be Resolved Through Mediation

Some areas and issues where Mediation may be beneficial:

• Child Custody/Parenting Plans • Visitation/Time Sharing Plans • Equitable Distribution
• Spousal Support/Alimony • Child Support • Contempt • Enforcement Issues
• Modification of Spousal Support/Alimony and/or Child Support

Do you need knowledgeable counsel and a representative that will thoughtfully and carefully analyze your situation and advise you?
Attorney Michael Hines has successfully mediated and negotiated issues and situations from amicable and fairly simple to logistically complex to the seemingly impossible.

Avoiding a Court Battle

Attorney Michael Hines knows from first-hand experience how stressful and destructive a contentious custody battle can be in these situations. He hopes that both parents truly don't want to fight over their children and helps parents negotiate child custody arrangements and Parenting Plans with the least amount of contention and family strife. This approach often saves time, money, and heartache, and allows for the children’s best interests to be paramount.  Judges seemingly always comment that a case resolved in Mediation is less likely to have post-judgment litigation.

We will examine each parent’s situation and past and present interaction with the child to determine how both of your parenting has best served the interests of your child.

Our Commitment to You

The Law Office of Michael Hines, P.A. has an outstanding team that is dedicated to providing you with the kind of legal representation you deserve. We have successfully resolved issues and situations from amicable and fairly simple, to logistically complex, to the seemingly impossible. We are ready and prepared to assist you in your case. We offer a free initial telephone consultation.

Put our experience to work for you.

Call the law office of Michael Hines now at 904-794-7898.