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Mediation is a process where 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 nonadversarial process designed to help the disputing parties reach a mutually acceptable and voluntary agreement. In mediation, decision making authority rests with the parties.

Pursuant to Rule 12.740 of the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure and Seventh Judicial Circuit Administrative Order FM-2012-027-SC, mediation may be utilized in family law matters.

The Court may refer appropriate family law cases where the combined incomes of the parties does not exceed $100,000 per year to the Seventh Judicial Circuit’s Family Mediation Program. Orders of Referral are attached to Administrative Order FM-2012-027-SC.

Parties in Family Law cases with combined incomes of $100,000 or more per year are not eligible for the Circuit’s Family Mediation Program and must be referred to certified private mediators.