The end of a marriage may make many Texas residents feel as though they have lost control of their lives. If they end up in court, that feeling may continue since a judge will be the one making decisions for them. It is possible to maintain control in a divorce through an alternative method of resolving their issues — mediation.
Even though emotions can sometimes get in the way of making rational decisions during the divorce process, a neutral third party such as a mediator could help Texas couples stay on task. Using mediation allows the parties to retain control over what will happen to each of them individually and as a family if children are involved. Being involved in the decisions can often help alleviate the feeling of helplessness that many people feel as they watch their marriages end.
This provides them with the opportunity to take control of at least some aspects of their futures as well. The negotiation sessions may also help a couple with children lay a foundation of compromise and cooperation, which they will undoubtedly need as they continue to raise their children together. In addition to these benefits, mediation is often less time consuming and less expensive than litigation.
Opting to stay out of a contentious courtroom battle may result in a divorce settlement with which both parties can be satisfied. Even if a couple cannot resolve all of their issues through mediation, it may allow them to tailor the other aspects of their settlement to their needs. Then, the court can make a ruling on any remaining issues, but at least the parties will know that they made a determined effort to resolve their issues on their own.
Source: The Huffington Post, “Why Choose Mediation Over Litigation?“, Vikki Ziegler, July 18, 2017