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What is Mediation?

Pasadena Divorce Mediation Attorneys

Divorce and Family Law Mediation in Houston, Texas

Mediation is a method used in many different types of disputes to facilitate cooperation and reach a settlement. It is especially prevalent in divorce cases because of the way it encourages and allows couples to work together to develop the terms of their divorce to the agreement of both spouses. If you and your spouse are separating, and you do not mediate, you run the risk of having an arbitrator or judge set the parameters of your divorce in a way that might leave you or your spouse feeling like you have no control of the outcome. Regardless of how you and your spouse plan to approach your divorce, judges in Texas may require you to attempt mediation before you are allowed to litigate in court.

Although mediation focuses on the collaboration of two parties to reach a compromise, a skilled and trustworthy mediator is equally essential. If you do not voluntarily begin mediation with your spouse, the court may assign a mediator to you. Since it is highly likely that you will have to try mediation before going to court, consider working with a mediator with more than 15 years of experience in family law. Masah SamForay, founder of Foray Family Mediation, LLC, can provide you the skilled mediation that you need to settle your divorce in a way that serves the best interests of you, your spouse, and your children.

What Is the Mediation Process in Harris County?

Mediation is quite different from litigation and arbitration. In litigation and arbitration, a judge or arbitrator settles the dispute for the parties involved after weighing the evidence and information presented. In mediation, a mediator works with the disputing parties to help them cooperate and find a solution. However, in mediation, the mediator does not render decisions. Instead, the mediator's job is to help guide a discussion between the parties and help them reach a compromise that they define. The agreement is then taken to the judge in a final prove-up hearing and filed with the court.

Divorce mediation does not just have to involve you, your spouse, and your mediator. You and your spouse can each have legal representation, but your lawyers cannot sway the mediator to have any bias or lead the process towards an outcome that they think is best. Any attorneys who are hired by you and your spouse can only help you reach a better understanding of how to determine the terms of conservatorship, division of assets, spousal maintenance, and child support.

You and your spouse may succeed at settling some, but not all, issues in your divorce. In this case, you will most likely go to court to get a ruling on the remaining, unresolved issues. If you or your spouse refuse to budge on many topics, you will also end up going to court, where your attorneys will present the case.

Benefits of Divorce Mediation in Ft. Bend County

Many divorcing couples choose mediation because it gives them some control over the process and the outcome as well as offers the opportunity for reducing expenses. Litigation is often more costly than mediation, as it involves more attorney time and fees, as well as additional court costs for filings, pleadings, and hearings. Mediation also has a high success rate, and if you and your spouse reach an amicable conclusion, you may feel less resentment towards each other in the future, and the terms of your divorce may be more sustainable.

Contact a Houston Divorce Mediator

If you are considering mediation as an option in your divorce or family law matter, call a mediator you can rely on. With 15 years of experience in family law, Masah L. SamForay, Esq. is ready to help you reach a resolution. Contact the offices of Foray Family Mediation, LLC, at 346-241-1999 to schedule your first session. We provide mediation for clients in Houston, Richmond, Conroe, Cypress, Katy, League City, Spring, The Woodlands, and the surrounding areas.

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