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Many people forget that litigating a divorce in court is not a private process.
In traditional divorce proceedings, you are in a courtroom where the public may be permitted to observe—this includes family, friends, enemies, co-workers, neighbors, the media. Anyone can sit in the courtroom and hear your proverbial dirty laundry. The private details of your marriage and your impending divorce could ultimately be on full display. To say this could be incredibly humiliating to you, your spouse, and your children would be an understatement.
Divorce mediation is confidential.
On the other hand, the mediation process is completely confidential (with few exceptions to include domestic violence, child/elder abuse and neglect and criminal conduct). This means all communications, including meeting notes, documentation, and terms (offered or rejected) remain secure. Even information disclosed to your mediator cannot be shared with your spouse without your consent.
Consider the confidential process of mediation.
It is par for the course that during a divorce, you will be sharing the most intimate details of your life and marriage with your chosen professional. Unless you are also comfortable potentially sharing those details with the public, you might consider the confidential process of mediation as an alternative to divorce litigation.
Attorney O’Connor is a Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator. Discuss mediation with your spouse and call to schedule a joint consultation today 813-413-8777.
The Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group voted to require the wearing of face coverings, with certain exceptions, inside businesses that are open to the public and where employees and customers aren’t able to maintain social distancing after hearing presentations from several public health officials, medical doctors, and hospital leaders.
The order is effective immediately, with the exception of the enforcement provisions which go into effect at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.
Please be aware, as a business owner/operator, you are responsible to ensure your employees and customers are following this new requirement.
The new executive order requires that all persons within any indoor location of a business that is open to the public in Hillsborough County shall be required to wear a face covering when not maintaining social distancing from other people, excluding family members or others residing in their home. “Business” means any business entity that provides goods or services directly to the public. Business operators will be responsible for ensuring compliance.
The order provides exceptions for:
On April 29, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis unveiled his plan to reopen the state to commerce on May 4th and progressively lift quarantine restrictions. Here at BRANDON LAW, we remain immediately available to serve current and prospective clients via web meetings and by phone. We realize that clients may have varying levels of comfort when returning to in-person contact, so whether you would like to meet with an attorney online or in person, we are available to accommodate your request.
Phase ONE includes:
- Extending Florida’s Safer at Home Executive Order until midnight on Sunday, May 3rd
- Upon the expiration of the Safer at Home order, all Florida counties with the exception of Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward, will begin to reopen using a phased-in approach
- Schools remain distance learning
- Visits to senior facilities remain prohibited
- Hospitals will be allowed to resume non-essential elective surgeries
- Restaurants may offer outdoor seating with 6ft. space between tables and indoor seating at 25% capacity
- Retail can operate at 25% of indoor capacity
Remaining Restrictions during Phase ONE:
- Movie theaters, gyms, fitness centers, bars, and personal service (such as salons) will remain closed under the initial reopen phase
- Vulnerable citizens should avoid close contact with people outside their home.
- All individuals, when in public, should maximize physical distance from each other.
- Avoid socializing in groups larger than 10 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for physical distancing.
- Face masks are recommended for all those in face-to-face interactions or in situations where social distancing (6 feet or more) is not possible.
Did you know that Florida lawmakers are currently considering legislation recognizing COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE as a favorable alternative to destructive divorce litigation? Brandon’s very own Senator Tom Lee is sponsoring the new law. Senate Bill 462, which is intended to “encourage the peaceful resolution of disputes and the early settlement through voluntary settlement procedures.” AND…Brandon House Representative, Ross Spano, is sponsoring the House version of the bill, House Bill 503. Brandon lawmakers really CARE about Florida families!
While many divorces are already being collaboratively dissolved here in Florida, and several Tampa Bay Area courts have adopted rules and procedures for finalizing collaborative cases, Florida law makers have yet to pass legislation providing for the uniform practice of Collaborative Divorce. The pending legislation will serve to further legitimize the process, effectively inform Florida residents about Collaborative Divorce as an option, and provide uniform standards of practice for collaborative professionals.
Collaborative Practice Professionals are excited about the bills because they are designed, “to preserve the working relationship between parties through a non-adversarial method that reduces the emotional and financial toll” of costly and destructive divorce litigation.PLEASE call/write your representative in support of the Collaborative Law Act! Florida families deserve a divorce alternative that preserves the dignity and integrity of the FAMILY!