The domestic relations mediations involve dissolution of marriages, paternity actions, timesharing with the minor child(ren), and child support within these matters. The mediation takes place in a private conference room at the courthouse guided by the mediator who is a neutral party with no opinions in your case. The mediations are conducted prior to the trial date or final hearing to give the parties an opportunity to negotiate and resolve their case without the added expense and stress of trial. In domestic relations mediations, as is the case with all mediations, the parties retain control and the power to make their own decisions. If the parties reach a settlement in mediation, the mediator, or their attorneys, draw(s) up a written agreement for the parties to sign. The original agreement is then filed in the court file and the parties are given a copy.
To schedule a case for domestic relations mediation, a referral order must be entered by the Judge presiding over the case before a date and time for the mediation may be set. Our domestic relations mediations are scheduled for three hour blocks of time and are held in the morning and afternoon..
To schedule a mediation or for further information, contact S. Lynn Cummings at 352-341-7033 or Citrus_Mediation_Services_Department@circuit5.org