FAQ About Mediation

Mediation involves a neutral person, a mediator, trained in dispute resolution tactics. During this phase in the divorce litigation process, you explain your goals and learn more about the reality of your position. Mediators are often able to find creative ways to resolve disputes.

In Texas, mediation is generally required in all family law matters. When filing a divorce petition you sign a statement that says you will try "in good faith" to resolve conflicts outside of the courtroom. Negotiation and mediation are the ways to keep the outcome of a case in your hands. You can be represented by a lawyer in mediation.

At W. Tyler Moore, PC, we are often able to obtain solutions to family law problems through mediation. Even when all of the conflicts are not resolved, this process is a way to limit the number of issues that remain for a judge to decide.

What Are The Benefits Of Mediation?

The most important might be that you have more control than with a trial. Mediation can provide a certain result in a shorter time frame. You also save money on trial costs and attorney's fees.

Because of the benefits associated with mediation, a significant percentage of divorce cases are settled this way.

Who Selects A Mediator?

In most cases, you will have the opportunity to select or agree on a mediator from a slate of qualified individuals in Harris County. You may want to select a mediator-attorney, but mediators do not have to be attorneys. Generally, you will agree to split the costs of a half day or whole day session.

Why Should You Have Your Attorney Attend?

Our attorney is available to attend mediation with you to assist you in making informed and reasonable decisions. Any agreement reached in mediation will later be presented to judge for approval. You want to make sure that mistakes are not made at this point, because they can be exceedingly difficult to undo later.

If an agreement is not reached through mediation, the case or remaining disputes issues proceed to trial.

Once you have made the decision to divorce, call our Houston office 713-929-2242 or send us a confidential message to schedule an appointment. Seek the best possible legal counsel from the beginning.