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What you should know about divorce mediation in Texas

If you are about to embark upon the divorce process, you may hear suggestions of mediation. In most cases, mediation happens upon the parties' request. Sometimes, the court may order you to participate in mediation. Many courts encourage mediation and provide services to deal with a variety of matters.

Mediation can be a valuable tool for divorcing spouses to work out disputes about key issues such as finances, spousal support, custody and visitation. In addition, the parties may negotiate any other issue they feel holds importance for them.

Spending less time and money

Participating in mediation may save money and time. Court schedules tend to be busy, and you may find your case pushed off for months. Mediation also lacks the formality of a court process, which requires paperwork and several check-in meetings.

Custom-built solutions

Some couples may prefer mediation because it gives them additional flexibility and control to come up with solutions that suit their circumstances. Because they have invested in coming up with constructive solutions, they also tend to adhere to the terms of the agreement.

Facilitation of communication

Some people harbor the misconception that mediation only works for divorcing couples who get along. The truth is that couples who have already worked out viable and productive communication often simply draw up an agreement with the help of their attorneys and file it with the court. Mediators can help soon-to-be exes who have trouble discussing matters productively to focus on the issues and think of solutions.

Attorneys and mediation

Attending mediation with your attorney is a good idea. Mediators are neutral facilitators who may direct the discussion and suggest options. They may not, however, provide legal advice, and they must treat both parties equally. You still need someone completely in your corner who can help you understand the potential ramifications of proposed compromises.

When bad faith is a factor

Mediation can also backfire if one of the parties purposefully conceals or distorts information. Mediators cannot compel disclosure or document production. If you suspect something is amiss, speak with your attorney right away. You may need to cut mediation short and ask the court for relief.

Every divorce has its own unique aspects, depending on the life circumstances of the spouses. An experienced attorney can help you navigate the often-complicated waters of divorce while safeguarding your interests.

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