Family Mediation

§ 44.1011(2) Fla. Stat. defines mediation as “a process whereby a neutral third person called a mediator, acts to encourage and facilitate the resolution of a dispute between two or more parties. It is an informal and non-adversarial process with the objective of helping the disputing parties reach a mutually acceptable and voluntary agreement. In mediation, decision-making authority rests with the parties. The role of the mediator includes, but is not limited to, assisting the Parties in identifying issues, fostering joint problem solving, and exploring settlement alternatives.



The Family Court Case Management at the 15th Judicial Circuit thrives to provide excellent service to the self-represented litigants in all family divisions. For a timely and fair processing of the inquiries by the self -represented litigants in family divisions, the Circuit has implemented the following case inquiry system to be utilized by the self-represented litigants.

The team will provide procedural assistance, case status and will answer any procedural questions that you may have about your case. Please note, they cannot provide legal advice.

Family Case Inquiry


Family Mediation

  • Is a confidential and privileged, private, informal conversational process where the parties present their positions.
  • There are rarely witnesses and relatively few documents.
  • Although attorneys are frequently present, they are there to advise their clients prior to making decisions.
  • It is future oriented and the parties through negotiation, bargaining and compromise make decisions.
  • The decision takes the form of an Agreement, which tends to be mutually acceptable to all parties, and, as a result, there are no real losers in the process.
  • It is a process, which can be employed in any stage of the case, and is relatively inexpensive, both emotionally and financially.
  • There is a good likelihood that a positive relationship can be established between the parties due to the fact that they have reached a speedy conclusion to their dispute by help of the Family Mediator:

Family Mediator:

  • A family mediator is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator.
  • A family mediator facilitates the participants’ understanding of what mediation is and assess their capacity to mediate before the participants reach an agreement to mediate.
  • A family mediator conducts the mediation process in an impartial manner.
  • A family mediator structures the mediation process so that the participants make decisions based on sufficient information and knowledge.
  • A family mediator maintains the confidentiality of all information acquired in the mediation process, unless the mediator is permitted or required to reveal the information by law or agreement of the participants.

Courthouse Locations

Main Courthouse

205 North Dixie Hwy.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
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North County Courthouse

3188 PGA Blvd.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
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South County Courthouse

200 West Atlantic Ave.,
Delray Beach, FL 33444
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West County Courthouse

2950 State Rd 15
Belle Glade, FL 33430
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Florida Courts Help App

FL Courts Help App Link

The app offers in one place information for people seeking a divorce, adoption, orders of protection, name change, and other family law issues. The Florida Courts Help app is available now from the most popular app stores. Links and instructions are also available at Help.flcourts.org.

Helpful Links

  Florida Rural Legal Services:
  Information and Tips for Attending Mediation in Florida
  Legal Aid of Palm Beach County
  Palm Beach County School Calendars 2017-2018 and 2018-2019
  Parenting Classes
  Parenting Coordinators List

Helpful Documents & Forms

pdf Application for Determination of Civil Indigent Status
pdf Child Support Guidelines Worksheet
pdf Contract Interpreter List
pdf Family Mediation Intake Form
pdf Information Sheet
pdf Mediation Fees and Information
pdf Notice for Trial / Final Hearing
pdf Palm Beach County Calendar
pdf Self Help Desk – Clerk’s Office
pdf Model Parental Time Sharing Schedule Less than 45 Miles Apart
pdf Model Parental Time Sharing Schedule Less than 45 Miles Apart (Spanish)
pdf Model Parental Time Sharing Schedule More than 45 Miles Apart
pdf Model Parental Time Sharing Schedule More than 45 Miles Apart (Spanish)
pdf Model Parental Time Sharing Schedule Out of State