WHY MEDIATION IS INVALUABLE IN A DIVORCE CASE
Divorce is difficult, but mediation can help resolve contested issues that otherwise have reached an impasse. Mediation reduces costs and time of a divorce, minimizes the stress and helps to reach the best decisions in an amicable environment.
Reducing Costs and Time
Texas Courts usually carry heavy caseloads that have become increasingly backlogged. Contested cases can take months to schedule on the Court’s trial docket, even if it is a relatively straightforward divorce. Instead of waiting, mediation can usually be scheduled within a week. If the parties are able to reach an agreement at mediation, the court will generally finalize the divorce rather quickly. In addition to saving time, mediation also cuts the costs of taking the divorce case to trial.
Why Parties Choose to Mediate
• Foster cooperation. You have made great efforts to protect your children throughout your divorce. One of the most important factors is the relationship between you and the other parent. Divorce mediation establishes a cordial relationship and fosters cooperation in your children’s affairs that will carry forward in the years to come.
• Create the best parenting plan. Texas offers a template parenting plan that the courts will generally follow if parents cannot agree. However, this may not be the best arrangement for you or your children. Instead of leaving this decision up to the courts, mediation allows you to come to an agreement that is most beneficial to all parties.