Administrative Office Of The Courts
20th Judicial Circuit of Florida


Mediation is a way to settle disputes and law suits instead of going through a trial. It allows you to control decisions affecting your family, finances, business, divorce, custody problems and other aspects of life. A trained neutral professional helps you and the other party negotiate a compromise. That compromise will be written into a contract signed by both parties. The Goal of mediation is to assist people in conflict find a "win - win" solution to problems without a costly courtroom battle.

Why Should You Use Mediation?

Mediation has many advantages:

How Does Mediation Work?

A mediator meets and talks with all parties together. They may then talk with each party privately. The mediator will separate the issues and facts in dispute from the issues and facts not in dispute. Settlement options designed to meet each party's goals and interests, are developed and discussed with the parties. Settlement discussions are confidential, legal proceedings. Mediation is concluded when the parties sign an agreement or when they cannot agree on any solution. An agreement is reached in the majority of cases and future litigation is not necessary.

Mediation F.A.Q.

Q: Do I Need An Attorney?

A: Mediation rules do not require you to bring an attorney, the decision is up to you. Please keep in mind that the mediator cannot give legal advice or tell you the advantages or disadvantages of any proposed settlement. If you do not wish to bring an attorney with you, you may want to consult with an attorney prior to mediation to discuss your legal rights and responsibilities.

Q: What Types Of Cases Can Be Mediated?

A: Generally speaking all types of civil and family law cases can be mediated. In the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, there are several types of mediation programs to serve your needs. These include the Citizen Dispute Settlement Program, Small Claims case mediation for cases where the amount in dispute does not exceed $5,000 , Family Law mediation for couples seeking a dissolution of marriage (divorce), County Court Civil disputes up to $15,000 and Circuit Court civil disputes where the amount in dispute exceeds $15,000.

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