Mediation

Mediation is a process whereby a neutral and impartial third person (the mediator) acts to encourage and facilitate the resolution of a dispute without prescribing what it should be.

The Fifteenth Judicial Circuit's Alternative Dispute Resolution Office (ADRO) utilizes certified mediators who assist the parties to reach a mutually acceptable agreement. The court program's mediators mediate family, juvenile dependency, and county court matters.

In family cases, mediation conducted by staff of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit costs nothing for litigants who have been found indigent, to $60 or $120 per person, per mediation session, depending upon the combined income of the parties. If the combined income of the parties exceeds $100,000 annually, the parties will be required to obtain mediator services from an independent mediator.

Juvenile dependency mediations are provided without cost to the litigants by the ADR Office mediators.

For County Court small claims cases (cases which are $5,000 or less), there is no charge to the litigants for the mediation.

Related Administrative Orders

pdf.png 2.801 Alternative Dispute Resolution Office
pdf.png 2.802 Arbitrators
pdf.png 2.803 County Court Civil Mediation Program
pdf.png 2.804 Circuit Court Civil Mediation
pdf.png 2.805 Juvenile Dependency Mediation Program
pdf.png 2.807 Fee Schedule for Family Court Mediation
pdf.png 5.207 Temporary Relief in Family Division
pdf.png 5.208 Family Mediation

Related Florida Statutes:

Ch 39.01, 39.307, 39.4075, 39.521, 39.601
Ch 44.1011, 44.102, 44.104, 44.106, 44.107, 44.108
Ch 61.16, 61.183

Resources

pdf.png Parenting Coordinators List
  Information and Tips for Attending Mediation in Florida
pdf.png County Civil Referral - Scheduling Form
Danni Hoefling
Alternative Dispute Resolution Director
Phone
561) 355-2739
Room
6.2100

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm