When The Court Mandates Mediation

Why Not Maximize Your Time And Take Advantage Of The Benefits?

In most cases, Texas law requires spouses and parents to attempt mediation before the court will hear their divorce or family law matter. You may see mediation as a way for courts to reduce their caseload, as another hoop you have to jump through or have no problem with it at all. Regardless of your feelings, mediation does provide some very real benefits. Why not take advantage of them when you have to be there anyway?

For a combined 45 years, MARVEL & WONG, PLLC attorneys have mediated and litigated countless cases in San Antonio and throughout Central Texas. We know what happens when people give mediation a good faith effort and when they do not. With our guidance, you will know what to expect in the process and how to maximize your time in mediation.

Five Important Benefits Of Mediation

Mediation is an out-of-court process. Any agreement you reach is still a legally binding document that is enforceable in court. You should always have an attorney help draft or review the agreement.

A legally enforceable document is not the only benefit. Listed below are five more:

  • Save time and money: Mediation is an informal process. You are often able to reach a solution in less time and for less money when you can keep the proceedings out of court.
  • Control over the compromises you make: You will have to make compromises. A judge has the final say in court. You have the final say in mediation.
  • Satisfaction with the outcome: When you have control over the process, you are more likely to be satisfied with the result.
  • Less stressful: Mediation is about cooperation not competition. Major life issues such as divorce are often easier for everyone when parties can work together, especially when children are involved.
  • Privacy: Courtrooms where you share the details of your private life are open to the public. Mediation takes place behind closed doors.

Give Mediation A Good Faith Effort | We'll Have Your Back

We encourage our clients to give mediation a good faith effort. It does not mean we won't tenaciously litigate your case when necessary. If you would like to discuss your situation with a lawyer, please schedule a free initial consultation. Call our office at 210-201-1630 or send us your information.