There are many reasons why a marriage may break down. When a married couple decides to end their relationship, it can be surprising how contentious a divorce can become. Issues that can be quickly resolved turn into costly and time-consuming legal battles, pitting the soon-to-be ex-spouses against one another. Individuals may find themselves spending a lot of emotional energy trying to get through the divorce as quickly as possible.

There are options available to divorcing couples if they wish to avoid a lengthy courtroom confrontation. Issues of child custody and property division can often prevent the spouses from being able to find such an agreement between one another. These couples may decide to use mediation to resolve their divorce.

Mediation Can Save Time and Money

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution in which a neutral third party (the mediator) directs and facilitates discussion of disputed matters in an attempt to resolve disputes and avoid the necessity of trial. However, the mediator is not a decision maker, does not represent either party and has no opinion or interest in the dispute or its outcome.

The parties may exchange proposals with one another until they find a solution that works for all sides. This allows the spouses to focus on the actual issues, and develop creative solutions to get around any roadblocks.

If the couple is able to come to an agreement, they can take away some of the uncertainty that may arise during the divorce process. If the matter goes to trial, the judge may order a child custody or property division agreement that could have a negative effect on one or both of the spouses.

Mediation Helps to Resolve Issues Without Conflict

Agreements made between the parties are much less likely to lead to problems in the future. Each spouse gets to say what is most important to him or her, and can then work with one another to try to ensure that each one will be able to spend as much time with the children as possible.

Mediation can be an effective way for individuals involved in a divorce, child custody dispute or other contested family law matter to obtain a resolution to their case without the time and additional cost of protracted litigation.

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Attorney Jimmy Vaught

Central Texas Family Law Mediation Services

The Vaught Law Firm is pleased to offer mediation services to attorneys and their clients involved in a divorce or other contested family law matter. We have two conference rooms in our offices ideal for conducting mediations.

Mediator Jimmy Vaught

Attorney Jimmy Vaught is a trained mediator and is available for half-day and full-day mediations. He is available to share his more than 30 years of diverse experience to help attorneys and their clients reach mutually agreeable resolutions.

As a lawyer, Jimmy Vaught has always considered mediation a valuable tool for resolving disputes. As a mediator, Jimmy Vaught strives to facilitate communication and drive the process of dispute resolution forward in an efficient and effective manner.

Alternative Methods of Resolution

Collaborative law is another method that divorcing couples may use to try to find a conflict-free resolution. In collaborative law, each side has an attorney, and all of the parties commit to staying out of the courtroom. The parties work together to find solutions to child custody, visitation and property division issues. If the couple is unable to finalize an agreement, the attorneys representing each side will not be allowed to represent them at trial.

If mediation or collaborative law attempts do not resolve the differences, the divorce could then proceed into the courtroom, where anything can happen. Each side may prove to make things more difficult, which means that neither will be happy with the outcome.

Collaborative law is another method that divorcing couples may use to try to find a conflict-free resolution. In collaborative law, each side has an attorney, and all of the parties commit to staying out of the courtroom.

Contact the Vaught Law Firm

If you are thinking of filing for divorce, speak to an experienced family law attorney about the options that may be available in your situation. This will allow you to have a better understanding about the choices that you have to make, and can allow you and your family to emerge from the divorce focused on finding a successful path for the future. Call us at 512-342-9980 or complete our online form to arrange a confidential consultation with our attorneys.