The Divorce Mediation Process
During mediation, you and your spouse will meet with a third-party neutral called a mediator. You may choose to be in different rooms with the mediator traveling between you and your spouse. Or you can decide to be in the same room as your husband or wife, and have the mediator moderate the discussion. Both you and your spouse have the option of having an attorney present during mediation. If your lawyer does not attend, you may always discuss the mediation session with him or her afterward and before any decisions are made.
The role of the mediator is to facilitate productive conversations about issues that are affecting divorce, including property division, child custody and alimony. The mediator will not take sides and will not give legal advice to either party. If at any point you or your spouse feels that mediation is not working or it is not the right option, either of you have the right to stop.
The Benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution
There are numerous benefits to divorce mediation, as opposed to the traditional litigation approach, such as:
- Mediation saves time: Preparing for trial can be a lengthy process.
- Mediation saves money: Courtroom litigation is expensive.
- Mediation keeps the peace between parents: If you and your spouse have children, it is important to maintain the best possible relationship with each other.
- Mediation is less stressful: The uncertainty and time associated with a trial can contribute to an emotionally draining experience. Mediation can relieve this burden.
- Mediation keeps you in more control of your outcome: During a trial, the judge, not you, will make decisions about your future.
At the Jim Ross Law Group, P.C., we have helped a significant number of family law clients resolve their divorce disputes peacefully through mediation. Is divorce mediation right for you? Contact our firm to find out.
If you are looking for a more peaceful option to resolve divorce issues, contact our law firm at 817-275-4100 to schedule an initial consultation. Our Arlington, Texas divorce mediation attorneys are ready to help.
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