WHAT TO EXPECT OUT OF ‘MEDIATION’ IN TEXAS
When going through any type of Family Law litigation in Texas(typically a divorce), mediation can be a very successful and efficient tool to bring a lawsuit to a close. During the course of family law litigation, most courts in Texas order parties to attend mediation prior to having a final trial.
Generally, what happens in mediation, stays at mediation. This means that any offers that are communicated during mediation are inadmissible at any future hearings. Any agreements that are entered into during mediation are reduced to writing in the form of a mediated settlement agreement.
The parties and their respective attorneys execute the mediated settlement agreement. That mediated settlement agreement becomes a contractually binding agreement that cannot be changed absent a showing of fraud, coercion or duress in the procurement of the mediated settlement agreement or that the mediated settlement agreement is not in the child’s best interest.
Just like in anything in life, preparation is the key to success. A prepared litigant will more than likely have a successful mediation.