I am Deborah A. Cook, a certified Florida mediator in civil and family matters. I have a master’s degree in family counseling and a law degree. I am licensed to practice law and previously licensed as a counselor. Moreover, I have been an independent businesswoman, a parent and a daughter. Blending these skills gives me a unique perspective in problem-solving. Mediation is a way to help people problem-solve.
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Mediation is a way for divorcing couples to set their own goals and expectations for the future without going to court. You can make your own decisions regarding your finances, your children and your future. I bring gifts to the mediation table: I am a discerning listener, I help to diffuse conflict, and I am a creative problem-solver. My legal skills help me to draft an agreement for you that is lasting.
Mediation Is Informal
With the help of a skilled “third party” called a mediator, you can be as creative and resourceful to resolve the issues of your divorce, financially and emotionally. Although there are required documentation and disclosure of your marital assets, you can determine the best way to make distributions of your assets, liabilities and any future spousal support.
Mediation Is Confidential
Confidentiality is important to some couples. There are no court reporters or communications that are shared with the court, except where disclosure is required by law.
Mediation Is based On Self-Determination
Does the word “self-determination” make you feel like you are in control? There are many things about divorcing that make you feel out of control. It is a good feeling to think that you have control over your future. This does not mean that you get everything that you want. It does mean that you agree to give and get everything that you need.
Mediation Is Enforceable
In mediation, a settlement agreement is reduced to writing and signed by both parties and their counsel, if represented. The agreement is filed with the court and it is enforceable.
As your mediator, I am NOT your lawyer. A mediator is a neutral third party. Sometimes, each party has an attorney who represents them. Sometimes only one party has an attorney. A mediator cannot be your lawyer. It would be a conflict of interest since there are two people with competing agendas. As a mediator, I can help divorcing couples who are representing themselves draft the marital settlement agreement and a parenting plan and the couple can complete an uncontested divorce in the county courthouse.
Good preparation leads to a good agreement and a good agreement is one that you can live with for the rest of your life.