What is mediation?

Mediation is an alternate dispute resolution process that is utilized by the court because it has proven to be beneficial. The mediation is conducted by a neutral, an unbiased third-party, the mediator, to assist you and the other party in reaching a resolution.

The mediator does not make a decision for you. What happens at mediation is voluntary. That means you and the other side will agree on the resolution. If the resolution is reached at the mediation, an agreement will then be prepared for the parties to sign, and then it is typically submitted to the court for the court approval.

If there is not an agreement reached, then that will also be reported to the court that there was no agreement reached, and that is all that is told to the court. The court at that point will then set the case for proper hearings.

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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.

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