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.

Role of a Mediator in Divorce Proceedings:

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.

Confidentiality and Privacy in Mediation:

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.

Mediation for Post-Divorce Communication

Mediation not only aids in the dissolution of marriage but also fosters healthier communication habits between ex-spouses. This can be particularly crucial in cases where co-parenting is necessary. By providing a neutral platform for dialogue and conflict resolution, mediation helps in laying the groundwork for smoother post-divorce relationships.

Can divorce mediation help with deciding on child custody?


Divorce and Child Custody Mediation

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.

Benefits of Closed-Door Discussions

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.

Increased Control for the Couple

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.

Development of Parenting Plan

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.

How Does the Court 
Address Separate Property?

Presumption of Community Property:

The Texas Family Code presumes all property as community property unless proven otherwise with clear and convincing evidence.

Burden of Proof for Separate Property:

It is the responsibility of the individual claiming separate property to provide evidence supporting their claim.

Complexities in Property Division

The high burden of proof can make property division complex and challenging, requiring thorough legal guidance.

Legal Assistance:

For tailored advice and assistance with marital property matters, contact a Richardson marital property Lawyer at 972-372-4926 or

Why Choose Brian Andrade
Family Law?

At Brian Andrade Family Law, we are committed to providing our clients with the highest quality legal representation and support, tailored to their unique needs and circumstances. When you choose our firm for your family matters, you can expect:


Our attorneys have years of experience handling a wide range of family law matters, including mediation. We have the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to guide you through the process efficiently and effectively.


We understand that every divorce is unique, and we take the time to listen
to your needs, concerns, and goals.
We will work closely with you to develop a customized legal strategy that meets your specific needs and protects your interests.


Divorce can be a challenging and emotional experience, even when both parties are in agreement. Our team is here to provide you with the compassionate support and guidance you need during this difficult time, ensuring that you feel heard, understood, and supported throughout the process.

Accessible and Responsive Service

We are committed to providing our clients with accessible and responsive legal services. We will keep you informed and involved throughout your case, promptly responding to your questions and concerns and ensuring that you have the information and support you need to make informed decisions.

Reasonable Fees

We understand that cost is a concern for many individuals facing divorce. We strive to provide high-quality legal services at reasonable rates, and we will work with you to develop a fee arrangement that meets your needs and budget.

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