TAMPA MEDIATOR – CHILD CUSTODY
Experienced Child Custody Attorney Mediator and Parent Coordinator
After years of litigating child custody cases, Tampa family law attorney Beth Reineke concluded that no one wins a bitter and expensive custody battle, and it is the children who suffer the most. A courtroom “victory” is soon overshadowed by years of conflicts, damaged relationships and continued strained communications between the parents.
The Law Office of Beth Reineke is devoted to alternatives to child custody litigation. Our attorney mediator provides mediation services for working out the terms of parenting schedules and shared decision-making, including parent coordinator services for resolving high-conflict custody cases without going to trial.
Don’t Want to Go to War Over Your Kids? There Is a Better Way.
Tampa child custody mediation attorney Beth Reineke is a Supreme Court Certified family mediator who focuses exclusively in out-of-court solutions in divorce and child custody cases. She welcomes parents throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties of Florida. Call to arrange a free phone consultation today.
“She mixed her life experience, and legal training, with patience, logic, and persuasion, to move our case forward to a more thoughtful, and peaceful resolution, for everyone involved.”
Custody litigation comes at a heavy financial and emotional cost. First of all, it is outrageously expensive, typically costing $5,000 to $10,000 just for a custody evaluation, plus tens of thousands more for depositions and expert testimony at trial. It is a long, draining and invasive process that will consume your life for a year or more. Custody litigation results in a definitive ruling but rarely resolves the underlying disputes that led the parents to court in the first place.
The experts and the judge don’t know you or your kids. They don’t know what’s best or practical for your family. They are not the ones who have to live by the court’s “solution.” In custody mediation or parent coordination, the goal is to de-escalate the strong emotions fostered by divorce litigation and put the outcome back in the hands of the parents.
Beth Reineke serves as a neutral third party to help you sort out your goals, find common ground and work out the details of co-parenting.
Whereas many courts tend to follow a standard “cookie-cutter” time-sharing model (visitation schedule) in mediation we can be much more creative in order to meet the needs of children and the realities and goals of the parents. We help parents reach a customized solution that they both buy into, and we draft the agreements that spell out all facets of the Parenting Plan:
- Shared custody
- Time sharing (visitation)
- Shared parenting responsibilities
- Child support
- Parenting schedules (pickup, drop-off, holidays, etc.)
- Parent conduct
As a neutral facilitator, a custody mediator cannot give legal advice to either parent. If you feel you need the assistance of a lawyer as you go through your divorce but do not want to litigate, collaborative divorce may make sense for your custody dispute. Beth Reineke is glad to explain the pros and cons of all your options during your free consultation.
Supreme Court Certified Mediator
Not all mediators are licensed attorneys- Attorney Beth Reineke brings legal experience and practical insights to the mediation process.
Over 3 Decades of Legal Experience
Attorney-Mediator Beth Reineke has over 3 decades of legal experience in helping families find divorce resolutions.
We believe any aspect of divorce and custody can be resolved without a courtroom fight. Beth Reineke has mediated complex property division, entrenched custody disputes, and high-stakes alimony and child support issues. She provides creative suggestions, gentle guidance and reality check wisdom from her years of experience in courtroom wars.
We offer free phone consultations and reasonable rates for mediation, drafting of agreements, preparation of court documents and other mediation services. During your initial consultation, Attorney Reineke will discuss the benefits of mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and whether these methods are the right fit for your situation.
Having seen the worst side of custody litigation, we are convinced that alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is superior in every way. However, ADR is not for everyone. Contact us online or call (813) 336-5012 to arrange a free phone consultation to discuss litigation alternatives. The Law Office of Beth Reineke serves Tampa, Brandon, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay Area.