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The Benefits to Settling Your Conflict through Mediation rather than the Courtroom

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Tuesday, November 11, 2014

There are times when conflicts cannot be settled without a third party, but it is hard to come to the decision to settle a conflict in court. Fortunately, there is the alternative option of Orlando Family Mediation. Mediation helps resolve disputes between two or more parties without going to court. In the case of mediation, the neutral third party, which is Psychological Affiliates, facilitates the process of the two parties coming to an agreement. Family mediation may include prenuptial agreements, separation, divorce, alimony, child custody, estates, and family businesses.


There are many benefits to settling your conflict through mediation rather than court, namely time and money. While settling a conflict in court may take a minimum of months to even years, mediation could potentially take a minimum of a few hours. Due to this, the cost is also traditionally less expensive than settling a conflict in court. Another benefit to settling a conflict through mediation is control. If a conflict is settled in court, a jury or judge has the final say. If it is settled through mediation, both parties have more input on the outcome. Due to this, it is more likely that both parties will be content with the outcome rather than just one side. 


Robert Bush and Joseph Folger, two pioneers of one of the approaches to mediation, wrote “Across the mediation field, mediation is generally understood as an informal process in which a neutral third party with no power to impose a resolution helps the disputing parties try to reach a mutually acceptable settlement” in their novel The Promise of Mediation (2005). They emphasized how important it is for mediators to remain unbiased through the process. Like a jury, mediators see both sides of the situation. It is unethical for them to choose one side over the other. This unbiased opinion truly helps settle the conflicts clients may be facing with the best outcome possible for both sides.

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Florida Bar Board Approves Family Law Section Request to File Amicus Brief

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, representing 4,107 members who voluntarily have joined the section, has received approval of its request to join in an amicus brief in the appeal of a Hillsborough County/13th Judicial Circuit court ruling in Shaw v. Shaw involving an attempted divorce of a same-sex couple who legally married in Massachusetts, but now reside in Florida. 


In the Shaw case, the trial judge would not enter a divorce decree for the couple because by statute and constitutional provision, Florida does not recognize same-sex marriages. The dismissal of the case has been appealed to the Second District Court of Appeal (Case No. 2D14-2384).


The Florida Bar, a mandatory organization with 98,922 members, will not and cannot take a position in this appeal. Amicus brief filings by a voluntary Florida Bar section, though requiring approval by the Bar’s governing board, are advanced solely with the voluntary dues and separate resources of those subgroups and clearly advocated in the section's name only.


“As a result of this ruling, same-sex couples validly married in other states, but living in Florida, do not have access to our courts for divorce or for the orderly resolution of their legal rights and obligations,” said Gregory W. Coleman, President of The Florida Bar. “Therefore, the Bar’s Board of Governors, while not weighing in on this issue for the entire bar and not commenting on any related social issues, did agree to allow the Family Law Section to do so on behalf of its voluntary members in order to address the issue of access to justice,” he said.


Coleman added that, as officers of the court and stewards of the justice system, lawyers are charged with protecting rights within the framework of the law. He said the Family Law Section’s request to file a brief in this case is based on promoting and protecting the rights of Floridians to have access to our state's court system and to rely upon the legal rights and obligations of civil marriage.


"This action should be understood as a matter of family and matrimonial lawyers seeking finality and certainty in their area of practice, regarding certain basic legal issues, and to assure fairness of treatment and equality of access to our state courts for every Floridian," Coleman said.


The section’s amicus brief will address access to the courts and rely upon the equal protection clauses of both the Florida and United States constitutions, U.S. Supreme Court case law, other state Supreme Court decisions, and fundamental rights. At present, the brief is due to be filed on July 25.


Amicus or "friend of the court" briefs are filed by groups or individuals who are not actual parties in a lawsuit, but who petition an appellate court to comment in the proceedings because of their great interest in the subject matter or to call a higher court's attention to legal issues overlooked at trial, or which the court should additionally consider in its review on appeal.

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The Programs We Offer at Psychological Affiliates

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Thursday, June 12, 2014

Collaborative Divorce Program

This program offers an innovative way to resolve disputes amicably without going to court by using a mental health counselor.  If minor children are involved, parents tend to gravitate towards this program due to the focus it has on doing what is best for the kids.  Additionally, due to Collaborative Divorce being based on the pace of the clients and not the judicial calendar, it results in a speeder finalization, which translates into financial savings as well.

 


Orlando Supervised Visitation/Monitored Exchange Program

The Partners with Families program is available 7 days a week, including evenings, and allows children to maintain safe contact with both parents post divorce.  The purpose of this program is to create a safe environment for children by having a third person monitor those involved, as well as supervise the transfer of children from one parent to the other.  It creates less conflict and stress for the parents due to them not having to communicate with their former spouse.

 


Parenting Coordination Program

This program is led by licensed psychologists who are highly trained in high conflict situations, mediation and child development.  It focuses on the parents communication among each other and educates them on the importance of shielding their children from parental conflict and creating any unnecessary stress for them.  Through your attorney, you may request a parenting coordinator if you have concerns about your co-parent.

 

 

Divorce Education Program

This program presents information about divorce procedures that promote effective coping and communication by parents and their children. A goal of the program is to lower the amount of contested custodies and visitation conflicts.


 

 The Kids Place Program

This program is for children between the ages of 8 and 12 who are dealing with their parent's divorce. Once a week (six week program), children are brought together to participate in activities with other children alike to help them cope and comfortably communicate about the topic.

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What is Competency Restoration Training?

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Saturday, June 07, 2014

Psychological Affiliates offers an extensive amount of services, with each psychologist specializing in a specific area. The services provided at this location are psychotherapy Orlando, psychological evaluations, collaborative divorce, forensic psychological evaluations, litigation support, parenting plan evaluations, relationship therapy, neuropsychological evaluations, psychosexual evaluations, psychological evaluations for medical purposes, sex therapy Orlando, and sex offender therapy. As one can see, Psychological Affiliates offers a solution to any mental health issue and works hard towards recovery for each and every individual.


Competency Restoration Training is a service that Psychological Affiliates specializes in. Competency Restoration is an intervention that is psychoeducational. It occurs when an individual has been declared unable to continue in a legal trial because of a combination of minimal understanding, inability to conform his/her behaviors to the claim of the court, and communication deficits. It is generally apart of a multi-faceted treatment strategy including coaching by the defendant’s attorney and psychiatric care. The individual must acknowledge the role of the court officers, the responsibilities and limitations of the court, the antagonistic nature of the courtroom, and have faith that his/her attorney has his/her best interest in mind. This process takes about six to eight sessions (one hour each) and involves post-testing to assure everything taught has been maintained.


Psychological Affiliates is an extraordinary practice that offers a variety of services. The psychologists at this practice make sure that every individual is treated with the highest quality of care and that they get the help that is needed to enhance their quality of life.

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Orlando Attorneys look to Psychological Affiliates for Aid in Psychological Evaluations and Parenting Plan Assessments

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Frequently, our group of psychologists are asked to help legal professionals and attorneys with the review of psychological evaluations and parenting plan assessments. When a couple decides to divorce, or have a paternity dispute without amicable resolution, our Orlando psychologists can evaluate parenting plans, as appointed by a court, to aid the judge with recognizing each spouse’s strengths and weaknesses, while considering their interaction with their child. The psychologist who is evaluating the plan can then make recommendations that are in the best interest of the child. With experience in issues of child abuse, relocation disputes, partner violence, psychological illness, or substance abuse and addiction, our psychologists have a depth of knowledge and experience to aid attorneys and families. In the case of psychological evaluation reviews, we base our knowledge on evidence-based therapy models that stand the test of time, such as sex therapy, family psychotherapy, co-parenting therapy, and relationship therapy. We can evaluate assessments of both children and adults, as well as provide these therapeutic psychological services to anyone in need. Because professionals outside the field of psychology primarily oversee these circumstances, our team can help aid in comprehension by creating clarity and providing expertise.

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We Offer Litigation Support

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Litigation support is provided by Psychological Affiliates through assessment of report consistency, in comparison to the opinions that are provided. If our team feels that a more extensive evaluation is required, we can analyze the data and provide a more thorough review. When deficiencies are identified in the reports, expert testimony and favorable reports can be made available. Additionally, our team of Orlando psychologists are accessible for support, in regards to preparation of questions for cross-examination or direct examinations at trial. When our psychologists work in partnership with legal professionals and the court system, clients feel an increased sense of control, along with an increase in problem-solving approaches, sense of dignity, and personal privacy. At Psychological Affiliates, we understand that each case is unique, and may require more personalized service. Because of this, consultations can be discussed over the phone, or through a convenient form on our website, http://www.psychologicalaffiliates.com

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Parenting Coordination

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Psychological Affiliates offers a Parenting Coordination Program that:


-Shields the child from conflict

-Allows the child to love both parents

-Reduces the child's stress and loyalty binds

-Ensures the child's safety

-Improves the co-parent relationship

-Increases parent cooperation

-Teaches communication skills

-Reduces the opportunity for alienation through monitoring 

-Mediates a Parenting Plan

-Reduces future litigation and court costs


Call today if you are going through a high conflict divorce and need some guidance on how to help your child cope with this difficult transition. 





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Collaborative Law

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Monday, November 04, 2013

In collaborative law, a couple wishing to divorce works with their lawyers, and often, their psychologists, in order to settle the matter out of court. This kind of law is much cleaner than taking a divorce to trial, where often both the spouses and their lawyers will turn towards malicious in-fighting and dirty tactics in order to get the judge to rule in their favor. In this method of divorce, the lawyers and the spouses can work together to find a settlement that is amenable not just for each other, but also for the children and for the property. Though the negotiations can go on for days or even months, studies show that divorces out of court tend to be more amicable and any children from the marriage are better adjusted.

 

Psychologist are not only brought in in order to evaluate a child who might be having a difficult time with his parents’ divorce, he is also brought in to assess the mental states of the parents, and to determine if it is safe for the child to be placed with either parent. They may also be consulted in order to determine the relative worth of items which are being divided. There is rarely only monetary value involved in divorce disputes, and often a psychologist can clear the air and help the couple reach a more peaceful agreement, one based on facts, rather than on emotions.

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