Kathy Macchione Leggett, LMHC • (863) 207-4402  Kathy@mccmediation.com

Mediation & Counseling Consultants

Calm, impartial assistance during an emotionally-charged time.

About Mediation

WHAT IS MEDIATION?

Mediation is a voluntary, confidential process whereby a neutral third person called a mediator acts to encourage and facilitate the resolution of a dispute between two or more parties.  The role of the mediator includes, but is not limited to, assisting the parties in identifying issues, fostering joint problem solving, and exploring settlement alternatives.  In Mediation, decision-making authority rests with the parties.

Mediation is an informal and non-adversarial process, with the objective of helping the disputing parties reach a mutually acceptable and voluntary agreement.  The strength of mediation lies in its practical approach to the issues at hand.

In Florida, all litigated cases will be referred for mediation prior to a court date. Mediation has a success rate of up to 90%, which means most cases will not be heard in court.

Mediation gives all participants the opportunity to speak and be heard. We help you to identify the issues that need to be resolved, to generate and consider possible solution options, to reach a mutually agreeable solution and put the agreement into a written form in understandable language. There does not need to be a "winner" and a "loser" in a divorce as long as it is kept from becoming a legal battle.


WHAT MEDIATION IS NOT...

Mediation is not like going to court.  You are in a relaxed atmosphere where the necessary issues that must be addressed regarding your divorce will be discussed in a respectful and adult manner.

While it is not always necessary to retain the services of an attorney, Mediation is not intended to be a substitute for legal counsel.  The Mediator may not give legal advice and each party is encouraged to consult with an attorney if they have any legal questions or concerns.

A Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator WILL NOT:

  • Provide Legal Advice
  • Provide Financial Advice
  • Pass judgment on what is right or wrong
  • Dispense decision-making authority regarding the issues of your case          

Mediation can be used in any type of conflict or litigation:

Dissolution of Marriage

Modification of a Final Judgment concerning:  Child Support, Time Sharing (Visitation), Primary Residence of a Child (where the child spends the majority of their time), or Spousal Support and/or Alimony.

Homeowners Association Disputes

Construction Disputes

Mortgage Foreclosures 

Contract Disputes

Personal Injury Cases

Wrongful Death Cases

Medical Malpractice

Negligence Cases

Probate/Contesting a Will

Estate Planning-Care of an Aging Loved One