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What are the Differences Between Voluntary and Court-Ordered Mediation?

Sugarland Divorce Mediation Attorney

Mediator in Harris County for Family Law and Divorce

Many praise divorce mediation for the cooperative attitude that spouses can bring to their eventual separation. Still, there tends to be plenty of variation in how couples feel about the mediation process. Couples can either choose to mediate because they both agree that it is the best option for them, or they can be ordered by a court to make an effort to mediate before they are allowed to bring their case to court. There are also many cases in which one spouse firmly believes in the advantages of mediation, and the court compels the unwilling spouse to give a good-faith effort to mediate. Since Texas judges are permitted to require divorcing couples to seek the help of a mediator before coming to trial, it is essential to understand what the mediation process is, even if you would rather litigate.

Although many court-ordered mediations come with an assigned mediator, it can be more beneficial to the discussions you have with your spouse to find a trustworthy mediator who you both respect and feel comfortable speaking with about the inner workings of your marriage. To bring years of experience in family law to your mediation, work with Masah S. SamForay, Esq., founder of Foray Family Mediation, LLC. Divorce mediation is not just about having a third party help guide you to a decision; it is as essential to have a mediator who has family law experience and a history of working with a wide range of couples.

The Benefits of Voluntary Mediation in Texas

If you and your spouse agree that divorce is best for both of you, and you are willing to make compromises to have an outcome that both of you are comfortable with, mediation is an excellent way to settle your divorce. You will probably end up saving a significant amount of money in legal fees, and you may come out of the divorce able to communicate and maintain a cordial relationship with your ex-spouse. Also, studies have found that couples who use mediation to define the terms of their divorce can choose parenting rights, child support, and alimony terms that are more sustainable over time.

Court-Ordered Mediation in Texas

As stated above, many judges in Texas will order you and your spouse to attempt mediation before litigating your divorce. Even if you are hesitant to cooperate with your spouse, the mediation process can still end up working for you and possibly giving you many or all of its benefits. The typical mediation session usually involves both parties in a dispute and their mediator. However, accommodations can be made depending on how the spouses feel about each other during their divorce. For example, both parties can work through much of the mediation in separate rooms. The mediator can visit the parties individually and help guide the divorcing couple to a resolution, without them having to see or speak to each other. Just remember that if you are not enthusiastic about attending court-ordered mediation, you may prefer to sign an agreement that you helped craft, not one that a judge decided for you.

Contact a Fort Bend County Mediator

Successful divorce mediation is the result of cooperation between the separating couple and a skilled, knowledgeable mediator. To settle the terms of your divorce in a way that both you and your spouse can agree to, to move on with your life without resentment, and to reach a compromise that will be in your children's best interests, choose Masah S. SamForay, Esq. as your mediator. Contact Foray Family Mediation, LLC today by calling 346-241-1999. We serve clients throughout Harris, Fort Bend, and Montgomery County, including Houston, Richmond, Conroe, Missouri City, Katy, Pearland, Cypress, and Baytown.

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