A courtroom or a judge’s chambers can be an intimidating place, which can add stress to an already tense divorce. The role of the judge is to make decisions and give orders.

Conversely, mediation occurs in a more comfortable setting, typically a conference room or lawyer’s office, and often with refreshments and private rooms available to regroup between negotiation sessions. The mediator is responsible for helping the parties find common ground and guiding you toward agreement on matters in dispute.

Why Parents Choose to Mediate:

  1. Reducing Costs
  2. Reducing Time
  3. Minimizing Stress

Even during this challenging experience, parents can typically agree that they want what is best for their children. In putting your children first, you may consider mediation to:

  • Foster cooperation.  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. Instead of leaving this decision up to the courts, mediation allows you to come to an agreement that is most beneficial to all stakeholders.
  • Handle unique circumstances. You or your child may have unique needs that don’t fit squarely in a standard divorce judgment. Parents can work together during mediation to create solutions that are best for your child.

Reaching the Most Equitable Settlement Possible

Ultimately, parties in mediation typically get more of what they want. Mediation allows you to fight for your priorities and concede on issues of lesser importance to you.


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