The divorce process can be painful, potentially filled with anguish, anger, and other intense emotions. On top of all that, a spouse may have to deal with the expenses related to divorce finalization. Filing for divorce and the steps thereafter, are not usually cheap. Especially if the couple must attend family court to settle disputes, these legal fees can add up quickly. A divorcing couple may then wonder if attending mediation is the right choice for them, to save both time and prolonged heartache.
Here in the article below, we have answered a series of questions related to divorce mediation, including how to get through these sessions with success.
What exactly is divorce mediation?
Divorce mediation is when a couple parting ways wants to negotiate terms of their divorce with the help of a mediator. A mediator is a person who has been trained to help people communicate in a way in which solutions can be found that both parties agree upon. The ultimate goal is for these resolutions to be mutually beneficial. If mediation over a dispute is not successful, then a judge may have to make the final decision instead.
What is the key component in successful mediation sessions?
In order for mediation to be successful, both spouses must want to cooperate with the other. If one or both parties are filled with resentments and can’t set aside differences to settle disputes, the mediation may not work. But, even the most at-odds couples may be able to converse face to face, if they are both motivated by the fact that they can save a huge amount in legal fees by avoiding court.
Why is mediation cheaper than going to court?
Mediation is, in general, less expensive than attending court. A divorcing couple may have to pay for attorney representation during the court hearing, in addition to any other related legal fees. With mediation, all that may be required is the cost to hire the mediator to oversee the discussions.
Is it possible to resolve a dispute in a single mediation session?
Whether a couple arrives at a solution regarding a dispute in the first mediation session, depends on how cooperatively the couple works together and whether the issue is deep-seeded. Issues regarding child custody, alimony, ownership of pets and property, can be difficult to work through in one sitting. While it is not completely impossible, it is rare for these emotionally-charged topics to only require a single meeting.
It is necessary that I hire an attorney for mediation advice?
While it is not required that you hire a lawyer, like a family lawyer in Collin County, TX, regarding mediation, receiving legal insight can be quite useful. An attorney can answer questions about what mediation entails, so their client can feel more confident when attending sessions. It can be helpful to have a legal professional who is on your side to offer counsel, as you go through the steps towards divorce finalization. Your attorney can review the divorce agreements you settled upon during mediation, to see that your rights are protected before signing.
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*Mark L. Scroggins is *board-certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Unless otherwise noted, other attorneys are not *board-certified.
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