If you and your spouse are going through divorce, you might be feeling overwhelmed by all of the legalities that need to be “worked out” between you. If you and your spouse are still on relatively good terms and are handling things amicably, you might be wondering why it’s necessary to each have lawyers who might risk the peace you have established by creating conflict where it doesn’t exist. If you haven’t considered divorce mediation yet, it may be in your best interest to do so! Our Austin mediation lawyers serve as a neutral party to bridge the communication gap and help both you and your spouse come to agreements on the important factors in your divorce settlement. Call today to schedule a free case evaluation and learn more about the positive aspects of mediation.
What Is Mediation?
Divorce mediation is where the two separating spouses sit down with a neutral, 3rd party mediator to resolve the issues in their divorce. These issues can be anything from alimony to child custody, child support, property division, and more. It is commonly viewed as an efficient and fair process to settle divorces, as the neutral mediator helps couples stay focused on the issues at hand, rather than past resentments.
Mediation is different from the traditional divorce process in the fact that the spouses are working together to resolve issues, rather than lawyer-ing up and fighting each other. This does not mean that you have to be best friends with your ex! It simply means that you have both decided to minimize conflict and resolve your issues in a timely and civil manner.
Benefits Of Mediation
There are many benefits to choosing the mediation route in your divorce. For example:
- Mediation will cost less money in the long run due to the minimized legal fees and court appearances
- Mediation helps couples resolve issues and reach a settlement much faster than the traditional divorce process
- The resolutions you reach through mediation can be tailored to the unique needs of your family
- Mediation allows for open communication in an environment that induces much less anxiety than a courtroom
- Mediation often allows for a much more seamless transition to co-parenting
- And more.
Who Is Mediation For?
In Texas, most courts expect couples to at least attempt mediation while going through the divorce process, even though it is not mandatory. Even if you know you and your spouse have disagreements or clashing views, you shouldn’t reject mediation before you’ve even attempted it. Mediation can prove to be an effective tool and allow you both to come to an understanding that is satisfactory.
However, mediation might not be an option if you identify with any of the following scenarios:
- You are a victim of domestic abuse and fear for your safety and/or the safety of your children
- Your spouse has historically been deceitful or untrustworthy
- You believe your spouse wants to delay the divorce proceedings
- Your spouse has hired a lawyer and already displayed antagonistic tactics
How Our Austin Mediation Lawyers Can Bring A Positive Impact To Your Experience
Our mediation lawyers cannot impose a settlement or advise you on the best option for your children or finances. They can, however, offer personal advice when needed, and an objective voice that helps you consider all possible scenarios – no matter how unorthodox! When it comes to the needs of your family, we will never tell you your choices are wrong or project negativity onto your resolutions. At Hembree Bell Law Firm, PLLC, our only objective is to support the goals of you and your family so that you can build the life you desire! Call today to schedule your free case evaluation and learn more about how our mediation services can benefit you.