Considering filing for divorce? Mediation may be the appropriate solution
for you and your current spouse to navigate this stage of life in the
most non contested manner possible. Mediation is the act of a third party,
called the mediator, to help two parties come to agreement. This process
will only work if the divorce is truly uncontested and a resolution is
reachable without court intervention.
If you navigate to our
page on divorce mediation, we give several reasons why mediation might be right for you and the
advantages that it offers. Here, we want to delve deeper and to explore
how these benefits can impact your life and future.
It is Less Expensive
One of the primary motivations for a couple to pursue mediation services
is that it is less expensive than a typical divorce. In most cases, you
and your spouse will pay one professional who will help you reach a resolution.
Following are some of the additional costs that you can avoid through
- Paying to wait for your time at court
- Drafting of motion papers back and forth
- Cost of two attorneys
With mediation, you have a better idea of the total cost upfront, with
minimal financial surprises. Additionally, the costs for mediation are
split between both parties.
Preservation of Relationships
Mediation is a collaborative process, rather than adversarial. In a typical
divorce proceeding, attorneys come to court ready to fight. This often
results in words that are harsh and hostile. The mediation process focuses
on resolving problems and arriving at a mutual decision.
You Have Control Over the Discussion
With mediation, you are able to choose the topics that you want to have
settled, rather than allowing the court to determine the issues. During
trial, your attorney will represent your interests and you lose the opportunity
to discuss your concerns.
The Process is Often Faster
With mediation, parties often set their own timetable for resolving the
issues they need and do not have to wait months for their next court date
or for a time for the two lawyers to coordinate. In many cases, both parties
can even resolve their issues within a few sessions.
More Confidential and Personal
All communication and documents in mediation are confidential. Your meetings
are private rather than arguing your personal family matters in a public
courtroom with strangers.
Greater Post-Divorce Benefits
When all of the above factors are considered, the stability of the family
after the divorce is official will often be much greater. Since the adversarial
process of trial is taken out of the equation, all members of the family
generally feel like their voices have actually been heard. This process
also helps preserve the ability for family members to communicate.
Knowledgeable & Compassionate Divorce Mediator Serving Houston
Although no divorce case will ever be easy for the family, mediation is
a solution that many turn to for the best-case scenario. As your mediator,
our Houston divorce lawyer can help you pursue the results that your family
desires. To further discuss whether mediation is right for you,
reach out to us and benefit from our
30 years of legal experience!