Mediation Lawyer in Dallas
Providing Texas Arbitration Services
In many divorces, one or both spouses struggle to move forward. Bitter disputes and the battles that are sometimes necessary to resolve them can deeply impact the spouses in a way that can stay with them for the rest of their lives. For divorcing spouses who can work together, however, it is possible to obtain a divorce without the need for litigation at all.
What Is Mediation?
In mediation, a neutral third party works with both spouses to facilitate the negotiation of a settlement agreement that everyone can support. The mediator in these cases does not represent either party and will not offer legal advice during the proceeding. Rather, he or she speaks with both parties and then assists the spouses in reaching a mutually satisfactory settlement of the issues in the case, including child custody and support, alimony, and property division.
If both spouses are open to compromise and committed to reaching an agreement, mediation has distinct benefits for both parties. Mediation is typically cheaper than litigation and speeds up resolving any disputes within a divorce. Additionally, both parties share control of the decision-making process, rather than a judge or arbitrator, allowing them more flexibility in arriving at their own mutually beneficial solutions. The process can even improve the line of communication between spouses, facilitating future interactions, which can be crucial if they will be required to maintain an ongoing relationship due to children.
Although it is not required, both spouses are encouraged to be represented by an attorney throughout the confidential process to answer legal questions you may have and review the proposed divorce settlement agreement to make sure your rights are fully protected.
What Is Arbitration?
Some couples just know when it’s time to close the chapter on their marriage and start a new one. They are both in agreement that litigation is unnecessary, and a quick cost-effective resolution is the best option.
Arbitration is a unique alternative dispute resolution because both spouses agree to abide by the arbitrator’s decisions regarding issues they can’t settle. Each spouse has an attorney who will represent them throughout the hearings and the arbitrator rules on each matter. Arbitration is generally a voluntary process and the spouses agree ahead of time whether the arbitrator’s decision will be binding or nonbinding.
Our lawyers can effectively help your resolve your legal issue through arbitration or mediation. Contact us for detailed information today.