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By: Karen Elizabeth Croft Cone, Certified Family Mediator 


In Florida, couples can obtain a divorce without attorneys. Mediation is the way to go, especially when you and your spouse are willing to "work it out" together with the help of an experienced neutral mediator. Karen Cone, owner and primary mediator of the Mediation Center of Tallahassee, has successfully conducted more than hundreds of "pro se" or "self-represented" divorces.

Couples have found the cost of divorce using Karen's mediation approach is much more affordable than the retainers, hourly rates and additional fees of attorneys employed to battle the case out in court. Such legal retainers can be thousands or more per party, expending much-needed family assets from the beginning to finalization of the case. If the couple is able to reasonably communicate without extreme anger and hostility using the experienced guidance of the neutral mediator, mediation is an excellent and affordable alternative to a court battle.

Divorce by mediation is usually faster too. The Final Judgment (which means....your divorce is final) can be signed by the Judge in about six (6) weeks from the first meeting with the mediator rather than six (6) months to a year or longer in cases with attorneys. 

Using a proactive and creative manner, Karen helps couples work out their own marital settlement agreements covering all divorce issues including equitable distribution (i.e., division of marital assets and liabilities). If minor children are involved, Karen works closely with the parents to create parenting plans which include realistic time-sharing schedules, complex child support issues and helps the parents "answer" all the unanswered questions concerning co-parenting.

She is always willing to provide a free, confidential and separate telephone consultation with the husband and the wife explaining divorce mediation, the fee for her services and anything else they want to know about the divorce by mediation process.  

Professional Note: Mediation is a consensual process and is not a replacement for legal representation and advice. A mediator cannot and does not represent either party as an attorney during the mediation and cannot give either party legal advice.



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