Texas law requires that divorcing couples at least attempt mediation. However, many couples choose to continue the mediation process through to the end to divide their assets and debts and determine custody and support issues. If you and your spouse can work together to settle these matters, mediation is less expensive and time-consuming than a litigated divorce. There are other — possibly even more important — benefits. Let’s look at a few of them.
If you have children, it’s best if you and your spouse can work out how you will co-parent together, without having to turn to a judge to settle matters for you. You know your kids and your family better than any judge.
Mediation also helps divorcing parents learn how to work together constructively to make decisions and resolve differences regarding their children. That’s something you’ll be doing for possibly many more years as co-parents. It’s also easier to abide by a parenting plan that you’ve agreed to rather than one that one parent feels has been thrust on them by a judge.
Mediation gives couples greater control over all aspects of their divorce. A neutral mediator provides guidance throughout the process but lets couples work together to craft agreements that are in their family’s best interests.
Mediation helps couples maintain their privacy. That’s not just important for celebrities. These days, anyone’s private life can easily become social media fodder. By keeping your divorce out of court, you lessen the chances of any aspect of your marriage or divorce becoming public. Again, if you have children, this can be particularly important.
A mediated divorce isn’t right for every couple. However, if you and your spouse choose this process, it can help you move on with your lives more quickly and with a minimum of conflict and expense.