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Avoiding court via mediation can also avoid costs, frustration

Few things in life are as costly, financially and emotionally, as the end of a marriage. Together, two spouses can share incomes, living expenses and the trials and tribulations of a growing family. Apart, though, these things can be more difficult initially, especially during and after divorce. While separation and divorce may be tough in the short term, they can be beneficial in the long run if done under the paradigm of mediation.

In Texas, divorcing spouses can opt to avoid having their divorce-related decision-making performed by the courts. By choosing the mediation route, spouses do not operate with a win at all costs mentality, but rather with a win-win way of thinking. This mindset is cultivated by trained mediators who are skilled in family law and the solutions that benefit whole families as well as the individuals within them.

Interestingly, this type of approach to divorce doesn't cost more, but often much less than one would expect. In some conflicted divorces, legal fees can prove significant due to all the different elements of an antagonistic process: motions, depositions, discovery requests and the hiring of experts on each side. There may be other costs as well. A drawn-out process where each spouse is pitted against the other can have a lasting effect on any children involved.

In mediation, the professionals guiding the process understand that divorce is a disruption, but it doesn't have to be overwhelming. One way that mediation helps lessen the disruption of a divorce is by spending less time trying to predict what a judge may do, and more time helping spouses come to agreements themselves. While this is rarely easy or simple, it can save money and sanity during an understandably stressful time.

Source: Greenwichtime.com, "When contemplating divorce, skip the lawyers," April 17, 2014

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