Whether you and your spouse have been married 10, 20 or more years, if issues have come between you that you’ve determined you cannot resolve, you might be in the process of considering your options for divorce. If so, you’re definitely not alone in your discernment, as many Texas residents are likely navigating similar circumstances at this time.
It’s good to know there are numerous options when it comes to settling what you need to settle and laying the groundwork to move on in life in separate directions from each other. If you have children, their well-being is undoubtedly one of your highest priorities. Their best interests may greatly influence the decisions you make regarding how to obtain an official settlement.
Divorce need not always be so nasty
You’ve likely heard horror stories about long, acrimonious court battles where spouses who wish to divorce become entangled in a contentious legal mess as they fight over property division, child custody or other important issues. You can take comfort in knowing that it’s often possible to peacefully settle differences to achieve a fair and agreeable divorce settlement. In fact, you may not ever even have to step foot inside a courtroom.
Why many parents choose to mediate a divorce
Your kids may be the primary reason you’d want to consider mediation as an alternative dispute resolution option in divorce. Most children have overheard or witnessed their parents arguing at some point in their lives. However, studies show that parental conflict can be an impediment to a child’s ability to cope with divorce. This is one of many reasons a lot of parents choose the mediation option.
As a parent, no one has to tell you how expensive it is to raise a family in 2020. Thus, keeping expenses as low as possible no doubt sounds like a great idea if you’re planning to divorce. Mediation is often the least expensive means to achieve a settlement. If you and your spouse want to avoid conflict, this option may work best as well because, to mediate a divorce, you must agree to discuss the issues without confrontation and to try to amicably achieve an agreement without litigation.
You don’t have to go it alone
A neutral party can help you facilitate your mediation discussions to promote peaceful negotiations that lead to an agreement that will forge a path to a continued non-confrontational co-parenting relationship down the line. You can rely on experienced support to help you avoid the high emotional and financial cost of a litigated divorce.