Stephanie Prado is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator, certified in Family Law, Circuit Civil Law, and Dependency Law.
Stephanie holds two Associate degrees from Edison State College, a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies from Florida Gulf Coast University, and a Master’s degree in Legal Studies, which was granted summa cum laude, from Hodges University.
Prior to Stephanie’s mediator certification, she earned the title of Advanced Certified Paralegal specializing in Child Custody, Support, and Visitation issues through the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA), a non-profit organization in the United States.
Mediation is a confidential and voluntary process whereby a neutral and impartial third person acts to encourage and facilitate the resolution of a dispute without prescribing what it should be. Mediation is an information and non-adversarial process intended to help disputing parties reach a mutually acceptable agreement.
The mediator’s role is to reduce obstacles to communications, assist in identifying issues and exploring alternatives, and facilitate voluntary agreements resolving the dispute; However, the ultimate decision-making authority rests solely with the parties. A mediator’s responsibility to the parties includes honoring their right of self-determination; acting with impartiality; and avoiding coercion, improper influence, and conflicts of interest. A mediator is responsible for maintaining an appropriate demeanor, preserving confidentiality, and promoting awareness by the parties of the interests of non-participating persons. A mediator’s business practices should reflect fairness, integrity, and impartiality.
Dissolution of Marriage (with or without children)
Temporary Custody by Non-Party
Guardian ad Litem
CIRCUIT CIVIL LAW
Breach of contract
Labor & Materials
Case Plan Tasks/Services
Termination of Parental Rights
Available for private and court-ordered mediations. Private mediations may be conducted via Zoom or in person throughout the State of Florida.
I am a contract mediator for the 20th Judicial Circuit [Lee County, Collier County, Charlotte County, Hendry County, and Glades County], and the 17th Judicial Circuit [Broward County].
Private rates available upon request.