Houston Divorce Mediation Lawyers
You Don't Have to Fight to Resolve Your Divorce
Not all divorces have to end in a battle. If both parties and their attorneys work toward the goal or resolving a divorce amicably, that goal can be achieved through mediation, collaborative law, or another alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process. In fact, most courts require divorce mediation before trial. It makes sense to accept it and try to make it work for you.
It is extremely important to have an attorney represent you during mediation. Family law is complex, and unrepresented people far too often make agreements during divorce mediation that do not adequately protect their financial interests or parental rights — or worse, they make an agreement that is rejected by the court.
At the Houston, Texas, law firm of Joseph Indelicato, Jr., P.C., our lawyers understand divorce mediation and how to make it work for you. We can help you understand the mediation process and how to use it effectively while protecting your rights and interests every step of the way. Attorney Joe Indelicato is a trained, experienced mediator who also acts in the role of neutral third party in divorce mediation, both when hired privately and when appointed by the court.
Divorce mediation does not mean you have to accept an outcome you're unhappy with. It means you have the opportunity to create an outcome that both sides can accept. If it doesn't work, you can pursue results through more aggressive means.
The Benefits of Divorce Mediation
Mediation has many advantages over a courtroom battle. In most divorce cases, mediation is:
- Faster: You don't have to wait for a courtroom. You don't have to wait for a judge.
- Cheaper: Because it takes less time, you have less attorney's fees to pay. You have less court fees to pay. You have more money to keep.
- Less stressful: Reaching a mutual resolution with the help of a skilled family law mediator can save you the stress of constantly having to worry about the battle.
- Beneficial to your kids: By working with the opposition instead of fighting them, you foster a relationship that will help as you share in raising your child. You also set a positive example for your children on resolving conflicts.
We Know Divorce Mediation and Divorce Arbitration
Because we have a trained divorce mediator on staff, we understand the unique process of mediation from all angles. We know how to use it to reach a divorce settlement. We know how to get you through the process safe and sound.
We also have a divorce arbitrator on staff, trained by the American Bar Association in Association with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. If decisions on child custody, spousal or child support or division of property cannot be made through divorce mediation, arbitration offers another alternative to trial. Arbitration allows you to expedite the divorce process through a binding or non-binding mini trial before a neutral arbitrator. Arbitration shares many of the same benefits as divorce mediation: faster, cheaper and less stressful.
Of course, not all divorce cases can be resolved through mediation or other methods of alternative dispute resolution. If mediation is unsuccessful, we can take your case down the path of litigation. With more than 20 years of experience on our side, we know how to do what is right for you.
Some people, however, choose to avoid the litigation process altogether by agreeing to resolve issues through collaborative law. We have divorce lawyers on staff trained in collaborative law who can guide you through this process.
Talk to a Board-Certified Family Law Attorney
Call us at 866-902-3358 or contact us online to speak with our family law firm, serving Houston and the surrounding parts of Texas.