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Answering Your Frequently Asked Mediation Questions

Answering Your Frequently Asked Mediation Questions

While the divorce process is often long and challenging, there are several options to help you reach an amicable agreement to resolve your case. One of these options is mediation. Mediation is an option in which both parties can negotiate and compromise on the result of a divorce and settle outside of court with the assistance of a third party mediator. Divorce and mediation frequently come with a lot of questions, so we have laid out a few with answers that we get asked most often.

What are the advantages of mediation over family court?

There are many advantages to opting for mediation. Among these are – retaining control over decisions that affect you and your family, speedier process, cost-effective; personalized and amicable agreements, and protecting the best interests of you, your family, and assets. 

Is there an ideal case for mediation?

In the state of Texas, most courts will require divorcing couples to go to mediation before going to the final trial. The goal of mediation is for both parties to find an ideal outcome with a mediator, their lawyers, and other professionals – meaning that almost every case can be ideal for mediation.

Is mediation cost-effective?

Mediation can be cost-effective to the extent that the parties and their attorneys are prepared for it.  While a day of mediation may seem daunting financially, it can be worth it compared to litigation.  If everyone involved engages in good-faith negotiations, there is a good chance that a well-experienced mediator can get the parties to a binding, mediated settlement agreement. 

How can I avoid mediation?

While there are a few cases in which mediation may not be an option, the most serious of these is in instances including cases involving family violence or protective orders. Other cases that may not be good candidates for mediation may require your attorney to file a motion with the Court to request that the mediation requirement be waived. 

You can learn more about the benefits of mediation by visiting https://nbfamilylaw.com/family-law/mediation/.  If you think mediation could be a good option for you during the divorce process, contact NB Family Law at (940) 566-0606 to schedule a consultation.

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