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Family and Divorce Mediation

In Florida, individuals are required to attend at least one mediation session to address family law matters before a hearing can be set. Family law includes divorce or child custody matters. Some people believe litigation in the court is the best way to protect their interests. However, going to court can be a costly and emotionally draining process. 

Alternatively, Family and Divorce Mediation can be used to reach a collaborative solution tailored to the needs of the parties. No one truly wins in these situations, but mediation can allow for a more satisfying resolution. 

All communication in mediation is confidential and inadmissible as evidence in any subsequent legal or criminal proceedings, unless both parties agree otherwise. 



  • Cost effective
  • Quicker resolution than going to court
  • Gives parties control over the outcome
  • Focus of Settlement Agreements:

  • Divorce / Division of Property and Debts
  • Child Custody and Visitation (Time-Sharing)
  • Child Support
  • Alimony
  • Modifications of Family Law Orders
  • Cost of Mediation:

  • $250 an hour
  • Three hour minimum. Each party pays $375
  • Each party pays $187.50 at the time of scheduling
  • Additional hours can be scheduled as needed
  • Cancellation fee is $375 if less than 72 hours notice
  • There is no difference. All Certified Family Mediators receive the same training and have to abide by the same guidelines, such as not giving legal advice, being impartial, and neutral facilitators. The one advantage of utilizing a mental health provider is that our training allows us to be able to manage the emotions in the room which can help the process move quicker to a resolution. 

    The mediator is a neutral, impartial, third-party who helps facilitate negotiations and communication between the parties. They cannot provide legal advice, do not advise either party on the negotiations and do not decide the issues for the parties.  This is not couples therapy.

    Parties can be present on their own (Pro Se) or can choose to have an attorney present. 

    Dr. Sheriece offers in-person or virtual mediation sessions. She will also travel to a neutral location in Tampa, Brandon, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and the surrounding communities.