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Divorce can run more smoothly if mediation elements are followed

Some divorcing couples in Houston are not aware that there are options for how they proceed through a divorce. For instance, spouses can opt for a traditional, litigated divorce if they disagree on key issues, or they can pursue mediation or collaborative law. In Texas, mediation is one form of alternative dispute resolution that can, if done correctly, save couples time, money and emotional stress.

However, if couples are not committed to the key elements of mediation, such as considering the interests of the entire family unit rather than just one person's interests, the process may be more difficult than anticipated. As with any type of divorce, there are certain factors that can complicate the mediation experience.

For instance, if one person starts dating another person while mediation is still ongoing, tensions can flare and emotions can run higher than normal. At the same time, if one person is more committed to divorce while the other spouse is more passive, or is holding out hope for reconciliation, this can create gridlock when dividing property or discussing matters relating to children. Interestingly, mediation can grow complicated if divorcing spouses initially believe they will agree on everything. This can cause them to delay separating their finances, which can rapidly frustrate the entire divorce process, as well as family relationships, later on down the road.

Finally, one of the quickest ways in which mediation can veer off-course is if one or both spouses seek advice from the wrong source. Family and friends may seem like great sources of advice, but sometimes their recommendations may be biased or based off of speculation rather than current knowledge of the law.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Lessons learned from a failed divorce mediation," Diane L. Danois, Jan. 13, 2014

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