New Port Richey, FL asked in Family Law for Florida

Q: My case was Ordered to Private Mediation. It is stated that "within 10 days the PARTIES may agree upon a mediator".

My ex husbands lawyer chose the mediator with out asking if I agreed. I was unhappy with the decision. This same mediator had previously not conducted mediation appropriately. He was giving me bias awnsers such as "Well Judge --- won't go for that. He never does." I than spoke with the director at the Arbit. and Mediation Program - she said that a list of 3 mediators was given to them to run by me. She instructed me to email them and ask for the list- upon choosing she would just reissue the Notice of Mediation. My ex-husbands lawyer refused and is telling me I have to file a motion now to change it. This is very unfair and I feel like they are taking advantage of me not being able to afford an attorney. What can be done? What step should I take next?

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Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: I agree with Mr. Minnick, but don't think that the mediator saying that the judge wouldn't go for something indicates that the mediator is necessarily biased.

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