If your ultimate goal is to divorce in as swift and amicable a fashion as possible, then avoiding litigation might also be a top priority of yours. Thankfully, there are alternative options in Texas, such as divorce mediation, that can help you resolve your differences and execute a fair and agreeable plan, especially if you have children.
That’s not to say that you’re guaranteed to succeed if you choose to go the mediation route. There are certain pitfalls or downsides that could cause obstacles or delays toward your settlement. However, if you know how to avoid such problems ahead of time, you increase your chances for success.
Mediation is meant to be neutral
If you sue your spouse for child support or seek sole custody in court, it creates more of a setup for a win/lose outcome. Mediation, however, is designed to promote neutrality. In fact, to succeed, you and your spouse must agree ahead of time to try to avoid confrontation during negotiation sessions.
Mediation is meant to be a win/win situation. If you and your spouse can agree to compromise and co-operate as needed, you may be able to settle your divorce in less time for less of an expense.
Well-stated questions bring clarity
A skilled mediator can help facilitate negotiation sessions. It’s helpful to rely on someone who knows just how to phrase things, ask the right questions to encourage discussion and keep sessions on track. If you and your spouse do not clearly understand what each other is saying, it can make achieving a settlement all the more challenging.
You don’t have to solve each other’s problems
When you choose to mediate your divorce, you’re accepting responsibility to consider solution options for the issues you believe are critical to achieving a fair agreement. You’re not going there to verbalize a list of complaints then wait for your ex to resolve the issues.
Rather, mediation provides a peaceful and confidential setting in which you can voice your concerns and suggest ways to solve any problems that are keeping you from settling your divorce.
Protecting rights and best interests
Especially if you’re a parent, your children’s best interests would no doubt be one of your biggest concerns as you prepare to mediate your divorce. When trying to avoid confrontation, it’s essential that you and your ex acknowledge and respect each other’s parental rights and agree to work as a team to come up with a plan that is best for your kids.
Mediation is often the best option for a concerned parent who wishes to save time and money and resolve custody, child support, property division or alimony issues without conflict.