Divorce proceedings are complex and bring up various emotions that make it hard to handle these situations objectively. Whether the divorce was originally a mutually agreed upon decision, negotiating who gets what possessions, financial support, or terms regarding children is sure to bring up difficult emotions that make peaceful discussions difficult. In many divorce cases, mediation is a beneficial form of litigation that facilitates better negotiations.
At Beal Law Firm, we deal exclusively with family law, so we've seen a lot and can provide you with the support you need, from informing you on the legal jargon and rules to ensuring you have the best representation we can provide.
Mediation in Texas is becoming an increasingly used form of dispute resolution in divorce cases. Divorce mediation in Texas can be beneficial for various reasons, including allowing the parties to maintain some level of civility after the end of the divorce.
It is important to note that mediation is not an alternative to divorce but rather a tool separating couples can use to conclude a divorce. If anyone tries to convince you otherwise, seek competent legal advice immediately. All divorces are lawsuits that will end up with either a settlement or trial.
In Texas, there are no means other than the death of a spouse and divorce to end a marriage - not mediation, arbitration, Collaborative Law, or legal separation. Our attorneys at Beal Law Firm provide many services, including representation in cases of divorce mediation in Texas.
In virtually every divorce, if the case does not settle through negotiation before mediation, the case will end up going to mediation - either by agreement or court order. Mediation is just a formal method of negotiating with the help of an unbiased, third-party mediator. Their function is to facilitate peaceful and efficient discussion between parties to achieve a satisfactory resolution. The spouses typically sit in separate rooms with their attorneys, and the mediator travels back and forth between the rooms communicating offers and counteroffers, attempting to resolve the matter.
Mediators do not take the place of attorneys, and the law prohibits them from giving legal advice. Providing legal advice to both sides of a case is a conflict of interest, and any attorney claiming to act as a mediator -- but advising both sides -- is violating the ethical rules that all attorneys must follow.
While it's true that parties are not required to have legal representation in a divorce, attempting to use a mediator without competent legal counsel can be a recipe for disaster.
Choosing Beal Law Firm
Mediated Settlement Agreements are irrevocable, and the decisions made at mediation can have life-changing and catastrophic results. There is no substitute for competent, experienced legal representation.
At Beal Law Firm, our attorneys exclusively practice family law, including representation for divorce mediation, in Texas. Our values and experience in family law can assure your confidence in our services. We are committed to providing you with the best lawyer for your specific case, not just the best lawyer money can buy.
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