Parties can meet both separately or together at mediation. Typically, you’ll see in circuit civil mediations, the parties will meet together at the beginning. This gives both the attorneys or the parties an opportunity to give an opening statement. In family mediations, you may see that the parties start separately. This gives the mediator to assess the parties and see whether or not it’s appropriate for the parties to meet together. However, if the parties do meet together in either circumstances, you will typically see that the parties will eventually caucus. That means that the parties will then meet with their attorneys privately and the mediator. You may then stay separated or you may reconvene at any given time.
Jean M. Dwyer | 386-871-4438 | 170 E. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, Florida 32176
Jean M. Dwyer is a Certified Family and County Court Mediator, Certified Circuit Court Mediator and an approved Appellate Court Mediator. Jean Dwyer graduated from Stetson University College of Law in 1990 and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1991. From 2000 to 2006 Ms. Dwyer served as the General Magistrate and Child Support Hearing Officer in the Seventh Judicial Circuit covering Volusia, Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns County. Her duties as a General Magistrate involved presiding over Family Law and Dependency matters. Prior to being appointed the General Magistrate she served as a Civil Traffic Infraction Hearing Officer. Since 2008 Ms. Dwyer has served as the Special Master in Code Enforcement Hearings for the City of Ormond Beach and presently serves as the Chair for the Ormond Beach Neighborhood Improvement Advisory Board.