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Are you confused about your next step?
Family Mediation is a wise choice. It protects your children, your finances, property, mental health, and is confidential. Mediation is the least adversarial and least expensive method of separation and divorce. With mediation, the decision making authority rests with you, not lawyers or judges. After all, it’s your life, not theirs. Preserve your integrity and self-esteem. Mediation is faster, simpler, cheaper, private, and just makes sense. There are no losers in divorce mediation.
We know that divorce or separation can be a traumatic experience. We also know that successfully resolving disputes or arrangements after such separation can be very difficult, especially if you place high importance on closure and civility. That is why we recommend family mediation for you. A mediator provides a fair playing field so the parties will feel comfortable and in control of their destiny.
What are the advantages of Family/Divorce Mediation?
- Affordable. Mediation can cost considerably less than litigation.
- Efficient. The meditation process can usually settle a dispute within a few sessions. Most mediation’s conclude or settle within thirty days from initiating the process.
- Effective. Mediation statistically settles over 80% of initiated disputes.
- Informal. The process of Mediation is flexible and informal. It is not necessary to have an attorney represent you during the mediation process. However, some individuals feel more comfortable with attorney representation.
- Empowering. Disputing parties are directly engaged in the negotiation of their settlement. Parties also enhance the likelihood of continuing their relationships by utilizing mediation.
- Confidential. Information disclosed during mediation may not be divulged as evidence in any trial or judicial proceeding.
What is the process of divorce mediation?
Mediation allows the divorcing couple an objective forum in which to discuss their individual needs and work out a settlement of property, support, custody, and visitation issues. The parties meet and work together with the mediator towards a settlement that is fair and agreeable to both parties. The settlement is then put in the form of a written agreement by the mediator.
The written settlement agreement can then be reviewed by another attorney of each party’s choice and is processed through the court without the need for intervention by the court.
What are the cost benefits of divorce mediation?
Divorce mediation is less costly than the system of adversarial litigation for primarily the following reasons:
- Less costly than the adversarial process due to the active involvement of the couple & the mediator.
- Provides a single, reliable source of information thus eliminating conflicts before they arise and the cost of dealing with those conflicts.
- Studies show that couples who have worked together through a mediator are over three times more likely to uphold the terms of their agreement than couples who have divorced through the adversarial system, thus reducing/eliminating continued litigation after the divorce is completed.
How much does Mediation cost?
Our services cost a fraction of what most dispute resolution organizations charge. We feel that everyone should be afforded access to professional and effective dispute resolution services. This is a significant savings that we gladly pass along to our clients. Our services can save you thousands in legal expenses.
Our commitment is to provide you with the professional insight and affordable legal solutions that you deserve. For more information about how we can assist you please call (281) 258-4843.
How long will Mediation take?
Mediation takes considerably less time than litigation. However, this time varies depending on the complexity of the dispute and the amount of parities involved. The average mediation lasts only six hours, but can easily extend to several weeks due to the factors previously mentioned.
What are the chances that my case will settle in Mediation?
Statistically, over 85% of cases settle during the mediation process.
Are Mediation settlements binding?
Yes. A signed settlement agreement is as enforceable as any other contractual agreement.
Will I lose my chance to file a lawsuit if I participate in Mediation?
No. Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process. If your mediation session does not result in a settlement, you have every right to pursue legal remedies through litigation.
The Role of the Mediator
Mediators have important roles in the mediation process, but they do not have the final word on any issue. Their goal is to reduce obstacles to communication to identify issues that need to be resolved between parties. A mediator explores alternatives with fairness, integrity, and impartiality, and allow parties to reach voluntary agreements to resolve disputes. Ultimately, this leaves decision-making solely in the hands of the clients.
For family mediation Houston, just give us a call.