How do I decide when to use alternative dispute resolution?
It is likely that when you file your case in Florida, and specifically in Hillsborough County, that you’re going to be required to go to a mediation if the two of you cannot come to a settlement agreement on your own. You can decide to go to a mediation prior to filing your case to see if you can resolve all issues before the court even takes jurisdiction over the matter. However, it is best to file your case so that there is a time limit on settling the issues. Also, it is necessary to go to mediation before the court will allow a hearing in your case, unless it is for an emergency.