Going to Texas divorce court can be intimidating, and scheduling issues with a judge and courtroom can extend the emotionally taxing process. You may have heard that mediation minimizes the hostile atmosphere and shortens the process but are unsure if it could work for you. The answer may depend on your situation.
Psychology Today describes mediation as a process that uses an independent third party rather than a judge and attorneys in a courtroom. A mediator helps you work through property division, custody and support issues without going to court.
Benefits of mediation
A mediated divorce aims to achieve the best solution for all parties involved. When you both agree to the divorce and can compromise, mediation is typically less adversarial than litigation.
A traditional divorce often becomes a drawn-out process, making it hard for everyone, but especially your kids. They may have to talk with attorneys in court during litigation. However, mediation may enable you to solve issues without them. While this may benefit your budget, it may not help you achieve the best outcome.
Downsides of mediation
Today’s mediation sessions often take place virtually. If you and your spouse shelter in place at the same residence, mediation may not be the best choice. This is also true if you have difficulty advocating for yourself. If your partner suffers from rage or control issues, you may benefit from someone else advocating for you. Mediation may not be the best option if your divorce includes complex finances or communication roadblocks.
Does your relationship involve emotional, physical or financial control by your spouse? If so, having a strong advocate in your corner, rather than an unbiased mediator may help you obtain the best possible outcome.