Collaborative Law Compared to Mediation: Which is Better?

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Mediation.  Both Collaborative Law and mediation are dispute resolution processes.  Mediation is commonly used in divorce litigation and in other contexts.  I am a mediator and I strongly believe in the value of mediation.  It is great for settling litigated cases of all types.  Almost every divorce case, and most other family law cases in Tarrant County go to mediation …

Don’t Fear Mediation!

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Almost every litigated divorce will end up in mediation, unless the parties can somehow come to agreement just by talking directly or talking through the attorneys.  Because those voluntary agreements are very rare and because trials are expensive and involve a long wait, most divorce cases are resolved through mediation. Texas Mediation.  In case you aren’t familiar with mediation yet, …

5 Tips for Successful Divorce Mediation

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If you are getting a divorce and are getting ready to try to settle the case, chances are you are about to go to mediation.  In Texas, mediation usually involves both parties and their attorneys attending a single session of mediation, although it may be for a half day or a full day.  No matter the length of time set …

Tuesday Tips: How an Attorney Helps in Mediation

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Mediation is a great process for resolving disputes. I’m not neutral on the topic because I am also a mediator, and I have been promoting mediation for over 20 years.  It’s a peaceful way to resolve cases and the parties usually come out with agreements they are satisfied with.  One of the reasons why mediation can work is that the …

7 Easy Tips for Successful Divorce Mediation

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Here in North Texas, if you have a contested divorce or other family law issue, you will almost certainly be required to go to mediation before you go to a trial.  The main reason for that is that most cases (about 90%) will settle in mediation and that saves time for the courts. If you get a divorce in Fort …

Why You Should Use Mediation

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Mediation is a common process used in the Family Courts system in Texas.  It involves having a neutral third party meet with the two sides and their attorneys.  In North Texas, we use mediation in most Family Law issues.  Here’s why. 1.  It’s effective.  Probably close to 90-95% of cases mediate will settle.  That means that the parties finally figured …

What to Expect in Mediation

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This post is a very broad look at mediation as it is practiced in Texas, specifically in Tarrant County, Texas.  Please don’t assume that my comments accurately describe mediation as it is practiced in other states. 1.  Who is the mediator?  The attorneys in the case will normally choose the mediator, although the judge in the case might make the …

How to Prepare for Mediation

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Once the decision has been made to go to mediation, each side and their attorney should prepare.  Some attorneys spend a good amount of time getting ready and others spend little or no time.  The better practice is for the client and the attorney to put in time preparing since there is so much at stake.  The opportunity to work …

Why Does Mediation Work?

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Mediation is encouraged/required in most family law cases filed in Tarrant County, Texas.  Courts want to have hearings only when necessary, and they know that mediation settles almost every case where it is used.  There are certainly some cases where nothing will help the parties to agree, but all experienced attorneys have mediated cases that reached agreements where it seemed …

Should You Try Mediation?

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Simple answer:  Yes!   Here are some reasons why you should plan on using mediation: Judges almost always require it, at least in Tarrant County, Texas divorces.  If you can’t quickly get your case settled otherwise, your Judge will almost always order the parties to go to mediation prior to trial. The process works.  In my experience, it seems to work …