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Mediation a key feature at bustling divorce expo

In Texas, busy conventions and expos are a part of the professional landscape. One event that may someday be imitated in Houston is the Divorce Expo, a multi-day set of educational sessions centering on divorce and its ramifications. The first of these events took place last month.

Mediation -- one of the most popular ways to navigate family law -- as well as visitation and parenting plans were some of the key topics of the expo. The event is attractive because it's a cost-effectiveness option and encourages cooperation when beginning the divorce process.

Unlike litigation where both parties have an attorney, mediation features a single trained professional who helps a couple through a non-adversarial divorce. The mediator, who may be a family law attorney, must incorporate both viewpoints and strive to reach a mutually beneficial conclusion.

In Texas, mediation can also be used as a means of resolving other types of family law disputes such as child custody, spousal support, paternity or visitation. Texas couples can also use mediation programs to seek an annulment.

Last month's Divorce Expo included an array of speakers, vendors and non-profit organizations all aimed at helping people understand the complexities of this emotional, financial and legal decision.

In mediation as well as in unmediated divorce processes, an expo serves as a helpful complement to the guidance of an attorney. Both can offer direction during a time when people are often short on answers and filled with uncertainty about their future, and both can help people channel their frustrations into productive resolutions.

Source: The Detroit News, "Divorce expo gives advice on navigating a breakup," Candice Williams, March 24, 2012

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