MEDIATION FOR NON-TRADITIONAL FAMILIES IN TAMPA
Cohabitation · Unmarried Parents
Same-Sex Couples · Blended Families
Family law does not always reflect family realities. Florida now recognizes same sex marriage, but Florida is still behind the learning curve when it comes to child custody. The state of Florida does not automatically acknowledge fathers when a child is born out of wedlock and same sex spouses may not have the same custody rights heterosexual married couples have.
No matter what the law says, the adults and children in non-traditional families often face the same conflicts as “regular” families. Yet many times, the family dynamics create unique legal problems or the shortcomings in the law prevent the courts from arriving at a sensible solution.
Attorney/mediator, Beth Reineke of Reineke Mediations, welcomes non-traditional couples and families throughout the Tampa Bay Area. She draws on more than 30 years of legal knowledge and problem-solving experience to resolve conflicts through mediation. Ms. Reineke is Certified by the Florida Supreme Court to conduct family law, custody and divorce mediations.
We regularly handle divorce and custody matters for clients in non-traditional families and relationships. The mediators at Reineke Mediations can address:
- Unmarried couples dealing with paternity, child support and co-parenting
- Older couples who are cohabitating but not married
- Same sex couples seeking a divorce or splitting up
- Blended families dealing with stepchildren and divorce
Same-sex couples or senior citizens who are living together without the legal ties of marriage may encounter barriers when they split up. Property, debts and retirement savings acquired together are not subject to Florida’s equitable distribution law. In the absence of a property settlement agreement, these couples may resort to litigation. Likewise, LGBT parents or stepparents in second marriages may end up in court over child custody and child support matters.
Mediation offers a forum to resolve these complex and emotional issues without the expense and uncertainty of litigation. While mediated sessions are apart from the legal system, Beth Reineke applies her knowledge of family law and the family law process to help clients arrive at fair and practical solutions.
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Supreme Court Certified Mediator
Not all mediators are licensed attorneys - Beth Reineke brings legal experience and practical insights to the mediation process.
Over 3 Decades of Legal Experience
Reineke Mediations 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 experience with mediating complex property division, entrenched custody disputes, and high-stakes alimony and child support issues. Reineke Mediations provides creative suggestions, gentle guidance, and reality check wisdom from years of hard work 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 Beth Reineke will discuss the benefits of mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and whether these methods are the right fit for your situation.
We believe that litigation is truly a last resort even for couples living together outside the bounds of matrimony and other scenarios not governed by Florida law. To explore alternative dispute resolution, please call (813) 336-5012 or contact us online. Attorney Beth Reineke conducts pre-suit and court-ordered mediations for non-traditional families in Tampa for clients living in the Tampa Bay Area – Hillsborough County, Pinellas County and Pasco County, Florida.