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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Deciding if Divorce Mediation is Right for You

What are some benefits of divorce mediation?

Divorcing your spouse can be costly and time-consuming if you go the traditional route, but with divorce mediation it doesn’t have to be.  For the right situation, mediation offers a less expensive and more time efficient way to divorce your spouse in Texas.  Mediation involves hiring a neutral third party to help you resolve the issues in your divorce.  Our West Texas family law lawyers at Navarrete & Schwartz, P.C., discuss some of the benefits of divorce mediation and things you should consider in deciding whether mediation is right for you.

Benefits of Divorce Mediation

There are several critical benefits to mediating your divorce rather than proceeding with litigation.  Mediation can offer the following benefits:

  1.  Financial Savings:  Divorce can be quite expensive.  Court costs, expert fees, and attorney’s fees can all add up.  Mediation costs considerably less than litigation, allowing you to save funds as you venture into your next life chapter.

  2. Control:  Mediation puts you and your soon to be ex-spouse in control of the divorce.  You will make decisions regarding important divorce issues, rather than a judge.

  3. Moving on faster:  Divorce litigation can take months and potentially even years to complete.  With successful mediation, you can complete your divorce far faster, bringing you out of limbo and towards your new start.

Who Might Benefit From Mediation?

While mediation can offer tremendous benefits for some divorcing spouses, it is not right for everyone.  Couples should consider mediation only if there is no history of abuse in the marriage.  When abuse exists, it will complicate communication and prevent healthy resolution of the marriage.  Further, no spouse should enter mediation without an advocate on their side.  Each party should retain a divorce attorney who will assist with the mediation and serve as an advocate for your legal rights.  

Spouses entering mediation should both commit to making the mediation a success.  It is crucial for divorcing spouses in mediation to consider each other’s positions, while still holding tight to their own convictions on divorce issues of importance.  Anyone considering a divorce in Texas should consult with a family law attorney to find out whether mediation may be a viable option for you.

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