Can Divorce Mediation Work if I Have Kids?

Can Divorce Mediation Work if I Have Kids

Divorce mediation is an excellent option for any divorcing couple that is able to calmly work together to discuss the terms of their divorce. This includes couples that share minor children together. Child support and custody mediation are just some of the many topics your mediator can help you to navigate when trying to come up with a finalized divorce agreement. Not only is mediation considered a cost effective alternative to litigated divorce, it also leaves more of the decisions up to the divorcing parties.

If you do not believe the parent you are divorcing is capable of reaching an amicable agreement that promotes the best interest of your child, divorce mediation is not the right option for you. Contact Renken Law Firm today to learn more about what steps you need to take in order to divorce your spouse in Texas.

Mediation for Custody Agreements

Mediation is a great way to come to terms for a custody agreement, as well, because of the greatly reduced cost versus a full-blown child custody lawsuit. While there may be some fees associated with the mediator, these fees are often split between the parents and will almost definitely be a tiny fraction of what attorney fees would equate to in a lawsuit. Also, although you may still have to file a petition to get the court to sign off on your custody agreement, you will still be able to avoid the expense of numerous hearings, court reporters, and any administrative costs imposed by the court.

Mediation is also great because it naturally leads to improved communication between the two parents. By opening these lines of communication, many problems can be resolved and two caring parents worried about the best interests of their children are likely to find themselves thinking along the same lines in no time. If two parents can start communicating in mediation, this can also lead to better communications after the mediation is over, and a less contentious handling of future matters pertaining to the kids.

Another great advantage of mediation is that it allows the parties to determine their own fates. Through mediation, the parties can actually come to terms different than the court would ever give. And, there is no uncertainty. You are able to decide how best to raise your children without the court deciding for you.

Of course, aside from the cost savings and the collaborative nature of the mediation process, mediation is immensely faster than litigation. Litigation can often run for months, or even years. But, mediation is usually finished in a few hours and getting court approval only takes as long as is required to get on a hearing docket.

Mediation Services for Couples With Children

Even if you are working through serious divorce issues such as custody and child support agreements, mediation can work for you. Mediators are trained to help you consider all potential possibilities and scenarios you will want to plan for in the future to reach an agreement. When you work with Attorney Dawn Renken for your mediated divorce you can go over visitation schedules, child support, future plans, and more. Do not try to navigate the complexities of divorce on your own, instead work with a mediator who is interested in promoting the best interest of your children and works to ensure both parents voices are being heard and represented in the final divorce agreement. The only people who need to know the specifics of what goes on between the divorcing spouses is the mediator they have both selected. If privacy is a top priority for you, consider divorce mediation.

Divorce Attorney for Mediation in Houston

Attorney Dawn Renken is a practicing family law attorney in Texas, who specializes in divorce cases in Houston, TX. Attorney Renken received her mediation license through ADR Services International Inc. in 2014. Since this time, she has worked with a wide range of divorcing couples looking for alternatives to traditional courtroom divorces.

Divorce Mediator Houston Texas

Renken Law Firm is here to help couples who wish to dissolve their marriage, whether that be through divorce or legal separation. We are here to help those who are ending marriages that have been contested, uncontested, or collaborative. We are fully prepared to help you navigate the specifics of your case. 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.


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