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Family Law Mediation

Natalya Evans, Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator

Natalya S. Evans is a firm believer that families don’t belong in court.

A stranger in a black robe (a judge) making a decision that is going to determine your family obligations and how you are going to raise your children should always be last resort.

Natalya has been certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Family Law Mediator in order to be able to assist couples to have a constructive dialogue, focus on their long-term goals and create solutions that focus on their and their children’s long-term best interests.  In addition to helping you craft a custom solution that is best for your family, mediation is a great tool to help families and parents work towards establishing healthy co-parenting relationships.

The best time to mediate a case is before it is filed and tensions get high.  It is also a great process that should be implemented to seek a peaceful resolution of your case after it is filed.  Many courts, including Sarasota and Manatee counties, require parties to mediate their family law disputes before they are able to get in front of a judge.  We can assist you whether you are represented by an attorney or are representing yourself.

Natalya speaks Russian fluently and is a perfect option for those families where one of both spouses speak Russian and a language barrier exists.

What is Mediation?

 Mediation is a voluntary process where divorcing couples work together with a trained professional to negotiate, and ultimately, resolve their differences in a non-adversarial forum.  This way no one decides who is right or who is wrong – who wins or who loses. The mediator facilitates communication and helps to clarify and articulate the particular needs and interests of each party.  They assist those going through divorce, with creating and evaluating every option.

In the right situation, mediation provides the opportunity to find fair and realistic solutions to practical and economic issues faced by each family.  It also helps to heal the psychological rift. Mediation is based on the principle that the people getting divorced should be in the best position to make decisions that will have long-term personal and financial consequences on their lives.  In this way, Mediation and Collaborative Divorce are very much alike.

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How do Collaborative Law & Mediation Differ?

 

  • The Collaborative team provides targeted legal, emotional and financial support from the inception of the case.  A mediator must be completely impartial and does not give either party legal advice or counsel.
  • The Collaborative team provides balance in power, personality, information and financial resources between husband and wife.
  • The Colloborative process provides support for the spouse who is not effective or confident to advocate for themselves.
  • Collaborative law provides a system of checks and balances to achieve a fair and equitable settlement, the majority of the time.
  • The Collaborative team educates and encourages co-parenting.