Mediation is an alternative to the often messy court battle one associates with divorce and child custody litigation. It is an opportunity for a couple to resolve their differences on issues like support, property division and child custody in a less adversarial environment. Besides the obvious benefits of providing a more comfortable open environment, mediation can also help save you thousands of dollars in legal fees that you would incur were the divorce to head to court.
If you are seeking a resolution of contentious matters on division of property, assets, as well as the custody of your children, then we can help you come to an agreement or settlement.
How does divorce mediation work?
During divorce mediation, an independent divorce mediation specialist guides the couple towards a mutually acceptable agreement that is then drawn up in a legal document. Your attorney provides legal answers and legal support throughout the process. This mediator may either be a counselor, therapist or a legal specialist. Unlike a divorce attorney who represents you or your soon to be ex, a mediator has no vested interests and has one simple goal – steering you towards closure.
Since the process is undertaken behind closed doors, there are no public records of what goes on at the mediation. Due to the nature of the mediation approach, it also improves chances of both partners emerging less bitter and willing to communicate even after the divorce comes through – something that becomes important when there are children involved.
Can divorce mediation help with deciding on child custody?
Divorce and child custody mediation is especially recommended by our firm, we help clients in Plano, Richardson, Dallas, Collin and other areas when it comes to deciding on these important issues. By choosing a closed doors discussion with a mediator, your children are spared of the trauma of seeing their parents battle it out in court. Unlike a court proceeding where both sides attempt to dredge up compromising information that weakens the other parent’s position, a mediator tries to make things as smooth and amicable as possible. It also transfers more control to the couple going through the divorce, where the agreement is decided upon by them and not left to the discretion of the judge or the abilities of the divorce attorneys.
Once the final terms are agreed upon, a parenting plan or schedule is drawn up by the attorneys and included in the final orders that will be signed by the Judge.