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Austin, Texas Divorce Mediation Lawyer

What is Mediation in Texas?mediation session

In most counties in Texas, divorcing parties are required to attend mediation before their case can go to final trial. Due to the benefits of mediation, the majority of cases settle at mediation. Therefore, the mediation process will often determine the final outcome of your case.

At mediation, the parties and their attorneys attempt to negotiate a final settlement with the assistance of a neutral third party, a mediator. Typically at mediation, you and your attorney will be in one room while your spouse is in a different room with his or her attorney. The mediator will go back and forth between the rooms in an effort to negotiate a favorable settlement.

The selection of the mediator is critical to settlement and he or she should possess the knowledge and experience necessary to resolve the specific facts and legal issues of your family law case. Looking for more information on divorce mediation? Call (512) 948-3688 today.

How to Prepare for Mediation

A common question that gets asked about mediation is how to properly prepare for it. Having your disputes resolved outside of the courtroom saves both time and money.

Here are some recommendations to prepare for your mediation sessions:

  • Be Realistic - It is important to educate yourself on the details of your case so that you can make realistic expectations for each issue at hand.
  • Compromise - A big part of mediation is being able to resolve your differences amicably. This means that you may need to sacrifice some things so that you and your spouse can come away with a victory.
  • Make a List - Part of coming prepared to your mediation session is having a list of priorities. If there are too many issues to discuss, you can take one of them at a time.
  • Documentation - Be sure that you copy all documents that are considered evidence on your behalf. This may include documents given to you by your attorney.
  • Relax – Having a good night’s rest may help you feel more comfortable during your session. Mediation should not be about pressure, it should be about alternative resolution through peaceful negotiation.

The Benefits of Mediation

There are several crucial reasons to proceed with mediation rather than litigating a divorce. To realize these benefits, divorcing spouses should enter mediation in good faith with an experienced Texas mediation lawyer by their side.

Mediation could offer the following benefits:

  1. You’re in control - If your divorce case goes to court, it will be litigated by attorneys and decided on by a judge. By achieving a successful agreement in mediation, you and your spouse have complete control over the outcome of the case.
  2. Cost savings - Going to trial will be costly for both you and your spouse. Attorney’s fees, court costs, expert witness fees, and other expenses could significantly impact your bank account. Mediation costs are considerably less than the amount you could spend on litigation.
  3. Less animosity - The mediation process is collaborative, rather than adversarial. Unlike litigation, which often pits spouses against one another, a mediation could bring you closer together. Avoiding hostility will greatly benefit any children involved, and could benefit both spouses moving forward in life.
  4. You can move on sooner - Divorce litigation can take several months and at times even years to complete. During this time, you may feel that you are in limbo. Your new life is on hold. With a successful mediation, you can typically complete the divorce far faster so that you can move on with your new life.

Achieving Results Through Alternative Dispute Resolution

With the importance of mediation, you need a trusted attorney with the knowledge and experience necessary to successfully and favorably mediate your case. Our lawyers are AV Preeminent® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, indicating an exceptional level of professionalism, proficiency, advocacy, and legal knowledge. They are also Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

At Stinson Moyle, PLLC, we have 35 years of collective experience mediating divorce cases for family law clients in Austin and across Texas. We take pride in our attention to detail and the depth of our preparation for mediation, and we will work with you to fully prepare you for the mediation process. We want you to understand the long-term and short-term effects of settling your case. By helping you prepare fully for mediation, you are more likely to prevail or reach a favorable agreement in mediation.

To meet with our skilled Austin divorce mediation lawyers, give us a call at (512) 948-3688.