It is no secret that the divorce process can be emotionally and financially draining for all parties involved. More and more, we are seeing married couples pursuing less contentious and more affordable methods to dissolve their marriage. This has led to many Houston divorcing couples to turn to mediation to resolve conflicts and reach an amicable divorce agreement.
At Renken Law Firm we work with couples to help them find the best solutions for their divorce. This includes going over child custody, child support, property division, and more. Our family law attorneys work with you every step of our divorce case to ensure you are getting exactly what you need.
The Pros of Divorce Mediation
Help Navigating the Issues
When you and your spouse are in agreement, you have options for divorcing quickly and cheaply—including using an online divorce service. But if you and your spouse have issues you can’t agree on, most online divorce services won’t work for your case.
Also, the more complex your situation is—for example, if you have a lot of assets or a child with special needs—the more likely it is that you and your spouse will need some guidance resolving the issues. A knowledgeable mediator can alert you to the details you need to work out, lay out possible solutions that have worked for other couples, and help you complete the paperwork.
More Control Over the Outcome
To a large degree, mediation places your future in your own hands, rather than leaving it up to a judge to decide what happens to you, your children, and your assets. No one is as familiar with your situation as you and your spouse. Mediation can help you determine the outcome of your marital split on your own terms.
Judges typically have big caseloads, with only a limited amount of time to consider each situation that comes before them. With mediation, you have the opportunity to really dive into the issues and craft creative solutions. For example, through mediation, a couple might come up with a specifically tailored situation where the pair keeps the family house until the kids are out of school, or the kids live in the house and the parents move in and out.
Faster Resolution of Your Divorce
Another benefit of mediation relates to time. When you hire lawyers and head to court, you might find yourself stuck in a process that moves with the speed of a glacier. Your case is one of thousands to be handled by one of a limited number of family court judges. Mediation, on the other hand, can proceed at whatever pace you, your spouse, and the mediator agree on.
Significant Cost Savings
If you file for divorce before resolving issues like custody, child support, distribution of marital property, and alimony (spousal support), it’s more likely that you’re going to need a lawyer to help you get the outcome you want. With so many issues needing to be resolved, it doesn’t take long for attorneys’ fees to add up. And the more arguing there is, the faster those bills accumulate.
In most mediations, the spouses split the mediator’s fee. So whether the mediator is an attorney or another professional trained in mediation (such as an accountant or psychologist), the odds are you’ll be paying far less than if you had gone to court. And if the idea of representing yourself in a mediation seems daunting, you do have the option of hiring a lawyer to guide you through the process.
Dawn Renken, became a licensed mediator through ADR Services International Inc. in 2014. Since this time, Attorney Renken has been working as a Cypress divorce mediation expert with couples to help them work together to reach divorce agreements that are mutually beneficial for their long term needs.
Affordable Divorce Mediator in Houston, TX
Our team proudly serves the Greater Houston area, including but not limited to Brazos County, Cypress, Fort Bend County, Galveston, Houston Heights, Houston, Humble, Katy, Kingwood, Memorial Houston, Montgomery County, Montrose, Richmond, Rosenberg, Spring, The Woodlands. All marriages are different, making each divorce equally unique with its own set of needs that must be addressed. Contact our law office to explore your options moving forward, and find out how we can help you.
Renken Law Firm, PLLC
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Houston, TX 77092
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