What are the Benefits of Mediation?
Find out how mediation can help you and your spouse resolve issues quickly, saving time and money.
Nobody goes into a marriage looking to get divorced, but people and situations often change over time. When spouses can no longer get along with each other, it does not make sense to continue living in a miserable marriage. That is why divorce is an option.
Divorces are often emotional, nasty, and messy. Many opt for revenge and people get hurt. Your divorce does not have to be that way. You can choose to work with your partner and make the divorce process as smooth as possible.
A good way to accomplish this is through mediation. In Texas, family law mediation is most often conducted with the parties and their lawyers in separate rooms, so as to avoid conflict & discord which can hinder the process. Mediation involves a neutral third party who works with the spouses and their respective attorneys to negotiate on issues and come to a resolution. It allows them to divorce on their own terms, instead of having a judge make their decisions. You and your spouse know your situation far better than the lawyers or judge. Attorney John Powell III is a credentialed mediator who represents clients in mediation.
Mediation offers many benefits to those who want to avoid the drama and expense of a courtroom battle. If you are committed to working with your spouse to resolve your divorce issues amicably, mediation is a great choice.
Why Choose Mediation?
Mediation offers many benefits. Probably the biggest one is that it is much cheaper than litigation. In the United States, the average litigious divorce costs around $15,000. Compare that to a mediated divorce, which is just one-fifth to one-third of the price, at around $3,000 to $5,000. The cost will vary, depending on the location and complexity of the case, but you can still expect to save a lot of money. This is important, since your financial situation will no doubt change after your divorce. You can start by opting for a cheaper divorce.
Divorce is stressful enough. By choosing mediation, you can reduce the stress caused by frequent meetings with lawyers and, of course, going to court. Mediation aims to remove the tension from the process. A mediator will help both parties behave amicably so issues can get resolved. Less stress will make your life easier, especially if children are involved.
Mediation is also quicker. Once scheduled, most couples can expect mediation to last 4 to 8 hours. Once completed, the agreement reached at mediation is used to draft the final documents, thus avoiding the need for a contested, expensive, trial. Again, this will vary, depending on the issues involved and how willing you and your spouse are to cooperate with each other. Mediation is meant to be quick and efficient. A courtroom battle can drag your divorce on for months or even years before you reach a final resolution.
Mediation is also more flexible. You and your spouse can come up with creative ways to resolve your divorces, rather than having a judge—who knows nothing about you—make those decisions for you.
Need Help with Your Divorce? Contact a Texas Divorce Attorney
Divorce can get emotional, so it is a good idea to reduce the stress as much as possible. Mediation is a good way to accomplish that goal.
Pearland divorce attorney John Powell III is committed to helping clients make the right decisions. We can make the process smoother. Let us help you understand your options. Call our office today at (832) 850-6095 or fill out the online form to schedule a consultation.