Mediation Services Are An Important Option
Mediation is a process that uses an independent third party, often another lawyer, to guide the parties to an agreed upon settlement. The goal of mediation is for the parties themselves to arrive at a mutually acceptable resolution of the dispute. Parties each have their own lawyer present at mediation to offer legal advice, advocate for their position and help draft the settlement document.
Mediation promotes positive resolution of disputes and is “strongly recommended” in divorce cases — most Texas judges will look unfavorably on a failure to attempt mediation prior to trial. Whether in pursuit of divorce or when disputes arise after your divorce is final, mediation is usually cheaper and faster than going to court.
Call the Teller Law Firm, P.C., at 817-612-4298 to learn about our mediation services. Our attorneys are adept at negotiating favorable mediated settlements for their clients. Additionally, our attorneys are trained family law mediators who can work with both spouses and their attorneys to reach a divorce settlement that will serve both of your needs. Attorney Donald E. Teller also is board-certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. As such, he offers the benefit of having the legal knowledge of what is required for an enforceable divorce settlement.
When Texas Mediation Is Necessary
Texas requires mediation for contested custody and visitation issues, except in cases where abuse or violence has been alleged. Mediators cannot force parties to settle; however, mediators are trained to facilitate settlement and frequently are able to help parties reach a settlement.
At our firm, our trained mediators can help you to resolve a range of family law issues, including:
- Divorce: We sit down with both sides to discuss the necessary steps to ending the marriage.
- Property division: We lead a calm, amicable discussion on the distribution of assets during divorce.
- Custody: We work to defuse the tension involved with the decision on where your child will live.
- Visitation: You want to see your children as much as possible, and we can guide that discussion.
- Child support: Ensuring your child’s financial stability is a high priority in mediation.
- Spousal support/alimony: A mediation approach to your financial stability needs will keep the discussion from spiraling out of control.
Mediation is not an easy process, but a successful mediation is usually cheaper, faster and less adversarial than a trial.