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How to Prepare for Mediation

How to Prepare for Mediation by Denise Wheeler Wright Wright Mediation, Inc. denise@wrightmediation.com www.wrightmediation.com/ Many parties going into mediation feel stressed because they don’t know what to expect. Being prepared for mediation will help everyone involved in the mediation have a successful experience. The following suggestions provide a guide as to how to prepare for … Continue reading How to Prepare for Mediation

Your Body in Conflict

Dr. Raymond Ferrier is a mediator, coach and facilitator. He has lived, studied and worked on three continents, which has strongly influenced and widened his perspectives on culture, diversity, and modes of problem solving. With a background in sociology and physical therapy, his interest centers on communication andrelationships at the intersection of the soma and … Continue reading Your Body in Conflict

Can Neutrals Bring Peace to Local Land Use Wars?

STEVEN K. HALL 4399 Commons Drive, Suite 300 Destin, Florida 32541 (850) 337-4620 E-Mail: steve@hrlaw-destin.com Steve is certified as a Circuit Court Civil mediator. He is approved by both the Florida Department of Financial Services and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation for work with parties in their respective mediation programs. He is a … Continue reading Can Neutrals Bring Peace to Local Land Use Wars?

Improving chances for a mediated settlement

For 40 years, as a practitioner, educator, author and advocate for mediation, Michael’s has been a leading voice in the developing profession of mediation. Michael has assisted divorcing couples, helped resolve probate and other family conflicts. He has mediated disputes in businesses, government agencies, universities and other workplace settings. As a trainer he has designed … Continue reading Improving chances for a mediated settlement

Mediator as Insurance Appraisal Umpire

Curtis Hutchens is a Florida AV Martindale Hubbell attorney with 30 years of experience in handling hundreds of mediations and thousands of insurance appraisals. He is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters, past president of the Windstorm Insurance Network, (2016) and a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. For the past five years … Continue reading Mediator as Insurance Appraisal Umpire

The Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, Inc. Earns 2018 Constant Contact Solution Provider All Star Award

Recognized for achievements using online marketing tools to drive success The Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, Inc. — [March 14, 2019] – The Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, Inc., the largest professional association for mediation and conflict resolution in Florida, has been named a 2018 Solution Provider All Star Award winner by Constant Contact, an … Continue reading The Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, Inc. Earns 2018 Constant Contact Solution Provider All Star Award

CULTURAL DIVERSITY: Deciphering How to Deal with it

Cultural diversity greatly impacts first impressions. Let me use myself as an example. Some who know me have described me as a friendly, sensitive woman. I am a well-educated, seasoned traveler who has lived in five different countries. As a consequence, I have been exposed to different cultures, speak three languages fluently and can manage … Continue reading CULTURAL DIVERSITY: Deciphering How to Deal with it

Top Ten Must Do’s to Prepare For Divorce Settlement Negotiations

There are so many financial and emotional aspects of divorce that have to be balanced that if parties aren’t careful, they can end up in a big mess. As a mediator, cases that settle most smoothly in mediation are those where the parties have done their due diligence and are realistic about settlement. Following these … Continue reading Top Ten Must Do’s to Prepare For Divorce Settlement Negotiations

Susan Dubow’s award

The Dispute Resolution Center Appreciation Award was inaugurated 21 years ago to formally recognize individuals who make outstanding contributions to the field of ADR in Florida over a significant period of time. This year’s recipients are Charles Castagna, and Susan Dubow. Susan Dubow is a past president of our organization. Join us in congratulating her … Continue reading Susan Dubow’s award

Family Law: New Legislation Effective Jan 1, 2018

CS/CS/SB 590: Child Support and Parenting Time Plans GENERAL BILL by Appropriations ; Judiciary ; Brandes ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Stargel ; Gibson ; Campbell Child Support and Parenting Time Plans; Authorizing the Department of Revenue to establish parenting time plans agreed to by both parents in Title IV-D child support actions; providing the purpose and requirements for a Title IV-D Standard Parenting Time Plan; … Continue reading Family Law: New Legislation Effective Jan 1, 2018

FLORIDA’S JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

Judicial Circuit COUNTIES IN THE JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
1 Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton
2 Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, and Wakulla
3 Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee and Taylor
4 Clay, Duval and Nassau
5 Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter
6 Pasco and Pinellas
7 Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia
8 Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, and Union
9 Orange and Osceola
10 Hardee, Highlands, and Polk
11 Dade
12 DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota
13 Hillsborough
14 Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson and Washington
15 Palm Beach
16 Monroe
17 Broward
18 Brevard and Seminole
19 Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie
20 Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee