Divorce is a complex and emotionally challenging process for every member of the family. Even when both spouses resolve to remain civil and work through issues together, they may not agree on everything. However, this does not necessarily mean it is inevitable they will go to court. There are ways to resolve even the most complex disputes outside of the courtroom.
Mediation is a process that allows two parties to work together on their issues and resolve disputes without litigating. If you and your spouse can discuss issues in a respectful manner and have the desire to maintain more control over your final divorce order, you may consider the benefits of mediation. Before you make any decisions regarding your divorce, it is in your interests to consider the options available to you.
In addition to the benefit of avoiding court, there are many reasons why Texas couples may want to consider mediation. Some of the specific ways it can provide benefits to you and your family include the following:
- Litigation is expensive, and avoiding this process allows you to avoid many of the fees and expenses associated with contentious divorces.
- You will be able to maintain more control over the terms of your final divorce order because you and your spouse will be discussing matters in person.
- Mediation allows you to address issues that are unique to your family, coming to terms that provide stability for each person.
- It takes less time to complete a mediated divorce than it takes to go to family court for a divorce.
- It is less stressful for you, your spouse and your family when you can work together peacefully and maintain mutual respect.
Divorce is not easy, no matter how strongly you and your spouse want to remain civil and are already in agreement on many issues. When it’s a valid option, mediation allows you to have some measure of calm in the midst of a time of change and transition.
The need for legal counsel
Even when considering mediation for your divorce, you will find it beneficial to work with an experienced Texas attorney regarding your legal options. Even in a mediated divorce, an attorney can ensure that you get to express your opinions and seek terms that will make sense long-term. Regardless of the approach you take with your divorce, it is in your interests to have someone advocating for your rights and interests.