Since mediation is mandatory in the state of Florida if you are a divorcing couple with children, Mr. Brickman specializes in helping people resolve conflict in a number of matters relating to both business and family.
In a recent video posted to his YouTube channel he opened with the following statement, "Hi, my name is Matthew Brickman. I am a county, civil, family and appellate mediator and president of iMediate, Inc. I’ve done a few videos where I’ve spoken about what mediation is and what the role of the mediator is, but what we haven’t discussed is what mediation should not be."
He went on to say "I’ve conducted mediations and afterwards, the parties have said, 'Wow, we’ve had mediations before, and it was nothing like that. Mediation should not be a place where it’s a free for all, where the parties get to insult each other, make wild, crazy, unfounded accusations, or where one party gets to intimidate or coerce the other party into some sort of agreement. Odds are that’s probably what took place during the relationship, and that’s why there’s going to be a mediation with me, anyway."
He concluded the video by saying "What I won’t do is I won’t allow any of that. That is not what mediation is. Mediation should be a safe place for you to be able to conduct the issues at hand so that you can peacefully move on with your life."
Here you can view the video in its entirety:
Shocking Divorce Statistics
In 2011, there were 2,118,000 marriages and 877,000 divorces and annulments. Source: CDC/NCHS National Vital Statistics System
60 percent of marriages for couples between the ages of 20 and 25 end in divorce. Source: National Center for Health Statistics
50 percent of all marriages in which the brides are 25 or older result in a failed marriage. Source: National Center for Health Statistics
Research indicates that people who live together prior to getting married are more likely to have marriages that end in divorce. Source: The Boston Herald
A recent study on cohabitation concluded that after five to seven years, only 21 percent of unmarried couples were still living together. Source: The Boston Herald
55 percent of cohabitating couples get married within five years of moving in together. Forty percent of couples who live together break up within that same time period. Source: Annual Review of Sociology
Children of divorce have a higher risk of divorce when they marry, and an even higher risk if the person they marry comes from a divorced home. One study found that when the wife alone had experienced a parental divorce, her odds of divorce increased to 59 percent. When both spouses experienced parental divorce, the odds of divorce nearly tripled to 189 percent. Source: Journal of Marriage and the Family
The likelihood that a woman will eventually marry is significantly lower for those who first had a child out of wedlock. By age 35, only 70 percent of all unwed mothers are married in contrast to 88 percent of women who have not had a child out of wedlock. Source: "Finding a Mate? The Marital and Cohabitation Histories of Unwed Mothers," Lawrence L. Wu and Barbara Wolfe
About Matthew Brickman:
Matthew Brickman has mediated hundreds of small claims, civil, and family cases involving disputes between couples with children, building contractors, small business mergers, bedding stores, auto accidents through State Farm Insurance, landscaping companies, neighbor disputes construction companies and even home owners associations. His experience also extends into the landlord/tenant segment, insurance companies, nursing homes, municipalities and even fire departments.
Visit his website for more information on Family Mediation in Florida and check his mediation calendar for availability to schedule your next mediation session.
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