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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 100 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.

What Our Clients Say


Ms. Marvel has assisted me regarding child support issues for the last 3 years. She is very knowledgeable in child support issues in Texas and also across state lines such as California. She came highly recommended to me by a fellow attorney, the highest compliment she can receive in my opinion. She is professional, responsive and gets the job done. Her staff is very helpful, returns calls and Karen and her staff are responsive to issues that arise. I highly recommend Karen Marvel to anyone seeking a family law attorney in Texas.
Karen Marvel is an excellent family lawyer, who presented at a legal conference I attended. I learned valuable information and tools from her that I now use to help my own clients. After the conference, I've called on her a few times when I needed her expertise in child support matters, and she was always willing to help. She is extremely well-respected in our legal community, and I highly recommend her services.
I recently hired Megan to represent me in my divorce. She was very easy to work with, responsive, and efficient. I was extremely impressed with her timeliness and was overall very pleased with her work. I would recommend her if looking for a divorce attorney...
I was very pleased with Megan's performance in court. She has been a blessing in our lives and single handedly changed our lives for the better . It was a very difficult case on my end and was brilliant with negotiations with OAG. I will always be grateful to Megan and wish the best of luck in future cases...
When I needed a lawyer I asked my coworkers for their recommendations. Three of my coworkers recommended Brandon Wong and they were very satisfied with his services. I contacted Brandon and he handled my divorce in a timely and efficient manner...
I have felt so important to Brandon since the day we first met. I had a million questions and worries, Brandon made me feel informed of all possibilities and confident in him.
Meeting you and having your professional and emotional help during the process of my divorce has definitely been invaluable. In the professional aspect, you are not only a brilliant attorney but you are reasonable, just, and fair. During the process of my divorce I found myself completely...
Brandon represented me in a child custody matter. He is professional, educated, informative and provided his services in an economical manner. He worked to obtain a settlement outside of the courtroom. When the case required a visit to court, his experience guided me through smoothly and ultimately delivered the decision in my favor...
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I would recommend Mr. Wong for his professional services. He was very attentive to my case, returning phone calls and emails before the end of every business day...
Brandon handled my divorce in a first class manner. He was always available to talk when I had questions or needed advice. He was a relentless lawyer and ensured that the settlement was fair and just...
I highly recommend Mr. Wong if you are looking for an honest and hardworking attorney who is more interested in properly representing his clients than making a quick dollar...
We received excellent legal help from Brandon Wong. Our family had a custody issue that had us spinning our wheels for a year due to the complexity. Brandon handled our case quickly and with heart. We felt genuinely cared for during the entire process and will continue to recommend him to anyone who needs legal help...
Brandon handled my divorce and made it easier than I could have imagined. He took care of everything, totally minimized the stress on me, and was extremely professional while remaining very approachable and compassionate...
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Accolades & Achievements

Brandon, Karen, Megan Are Proud To Have Achieved The Following Legal Accolades for Exemplary Legal Service.

*Karen Marvel was recognized in Texas Monthly in 2008-2019 as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters service)

**Karen Marvel is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization