The Woodlands Family Law Mediation Attorney
Mediation: A More Amicable, Efficient Approach To Divorce
While mediation is becoming a mandatory requirement for divorce in most Texas courts, I find that it is also a better option for most divorcing couples. As a trained and licensed mediator serving The Woodlands, Texas, I can serve as a neutral or represent your interests as your attorney through the mediation process.
At the Law Office of Melissa E. Loveless, I encourage my clients to use mediation rather than traditional litigation whenever possible. In most cases, mediation streamlines the process by avoiding the administrative challenges inherent in the court system. The mediation process is more cost-effective in most cases. It gives the parties more of an opportunity to find creative and personalized long-term solutions. Perhaps most importantly, mediation is a more private process than litigation, and it can be a great way to protect the children from seeing their parents fighting it out in court.
As a trained mediator, I can serve as a neutral or help protect your interests as your personal lawyer through the mediation process. When mediation is not an option, I have experience fighting for my clients in the courtroom.
The Mediation Process
Most Texas courts require mediation before issuing the final orders at the end of the proceedings, and many courts are beginning to require mediation at the earliest stages of the process. Because your divorce court will most likely require mediation, contact a lawyer with experience serving as a neutral or representing clients as their lawyer in the mediation process.
As a certified family law mediator, I can help you through every stage of the process, including preparing you for the mediation, serving as a neutral or advocate in the mediation sessions, drafting and reviewing the final divorce agreement, filing the agreement with the court and appearing at any necessary court hearings.
There are some important aspects of divorce that you should know:
- The mediation sessions take place in separate rooms. Many people shy away from litigation because they are intimidated by the other party and don’t want to sit face to face in a meeting. In mediation, the parties are in separate rooms, and the facilitator of the mediation (called a “neutral”) goes between the rooms to facilitate the negotiations.
- The mediation sessions are confidential. If a divorce agreement is not reached in mediation, the terms that were on the table during the session cannot be discussed in court and the neutral cannot be called to testify in the subsequent divorce trial.