Whether you have a difficult custody case or a simple divorce, when disputes occur, our team of attorneys can help prepare your case for mediation and alternative dispute resolution. The mediation setting provides an excellent way to reach an amicable resolution without going to court. We will help parties reach a mediated agreement.

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The Mediation Process Explained

Mediation is an important part of almost every divorce and custody case. Texas law encourages parties in a divorce or custody case to participate in the process. [*Divorce page]. In a mediation, the parties and their attorneys hire a neutral third-party mediator to assist them with reaching an agreement. The mediator relays settlement offers between the parties and oftentimes offers creative solutions to hurdles that are preventing a settlement. A mediation session usually occurs over the course of an entire day, and, if successful, results in a written settlement agreement. The settlement agreement is automatically effective and resolves the divorce or custody case dispute.

Mediation is an informal and confidential method in which people discuss their disputes. The mediator has no power over deciding what should happen. Instead mediators provide help with determining the solution to the problem. Note: Government entities must provide alternative dispute resolution programs. Most use mediation and not always the EEOC process.

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Our attorneys have experience helping clients prepare for mediation and guiding them through the process. This includes advocating for our clients through the negotiations and generating ideas that will negotiate and resolve disputes. Conflict is hard, but with self determination, solutions can be found. Dispute resolution doesn’t have to be hard.

The Benefits of Mediation

Mediation offers many advantages over litigated divorce. Mediation is a confidential process, which means that the parties avoid public testimony in a courtroom. Mediation gives parties total control over the outcome of their case; the mediator and the lawyers cannot force either spouse to sign an agreement. Mediation allows creative solutions to custody and property issues that a judge may not be able to order. Mediation can be more cost effective than going to trial. In typical mediation an experienced mediator acts not only to reach an agreement but also offers possible solutions that may preserve interests and relationships.

Questions about mediation?

What does it mean to do mediation?

Mediation involves meeting an impartial neutral person who will assist in negotiations about their differences.

Are mediation results legally binding?

Mediation is a non-binding process. This means that the parties cannot be forced to accept a resolution, but instead must voluntarily agree to accept any resolution. Once the parties execute an agreed-upon settlement agreement, the terms of the settlement become legally binding.

What are the 3 types of mediation?

As with physicians and consultants, mediators employ different techniques. The main styles in mediation include: evaluation, facilitation, and transformation.

What is the Mediation Process of the EEOC?

We can immediately contact employees or employers requesting a mediation. Mediating decisions are entirely voluntary. If both sides reject mediation, a criminal investigation will take place on their behalf. If the parties agree on mediating, a mediation session should take place under expert guidance. If a dispute is not settled by mediation, charges are investigated as other accusations. A legally binding agreement reached by mediators is valid in the courts as much as in other contracts.

What is the role of the mediator?

The mediator will have no influence on the case. A mediator has the task of helping a dispute resolution team resolve a dispute by encouraging each party: Since a mediator does not impose a decision, no decision will take place until the parties accept the outcome. It primarily tries to solve problems economically—for example, by considering litigation costs rather than discovering the truth. The mediator acts to resolve disputes. Mediated agreements settle with confidentiality.

What are the benefits of Mediation?

The greatest benefit of mediation is the ability to resolve charges with ease. In fact, the charge is usually resolved faster through mediated means. Although the process takes a little under three months to settle the charge via mediation, the charges may take 10 to 15 days if a trial has begun. Mediation should help parties avoid lengthy investigations and litigation.

What happens when mediation fails?

Although mediation can be costly, trials are almost guaranteed to cost more. After a mediation session fails, a settlement can still be reached. It is not uncommon for parties to attempt mediation more than once, or attempt to use more than one form of alternative dispute resolution. As such, a failed mediation can be very helpful in preparing for a future mediation process, judicial settlement conferences, and even just informal settlement negotiations.

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