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Is Mediation Right For You?

Mediation offers solutions to family legal conflicts that can resolve matters faster, cheaper and more amicably. Mediation is flexible and can meet the legal needs of separating couples with children by focusing on creating stable parenting plans that prioritize the well-being of the children. For older couples, mediation can address specific concerns, such as retirement benefits, long-term care planning and the division of a lifetime’s worth of assets.

Mediators help ensure that the emotional and financial complexities of these situations are handled with sensitivity and fairness. If you are considering mediation for a divorce, a custody dispute or another problem, contact Ruiz & Associates, PLLC, to determine your next steps. Our lawyers may be able to help you save time, reduce stress and obtain better outcomes. We serve clients in Bexar County and throughout Texas with both contested and uncontested family law matters.

Mediation In Divorce: Working Together Is Possible

Mediation is increasingly finding favor in both contested and uncontested or agreed divorces because of its cost-effectiveness and emphasis on cooperative problem-solving. It empowers divorcing spouses or separating parents to reach amicable agreements in challenging matters such as:

  • Asset division
  • Conservatorship or child custody
  • Possession and access
  • Support arrangements

Courts often encourage or mandate mediation as a first step before litigation to reduce court backlog and facilitate quicker resolutions.

The Evolution Of Mediation: Beyond The Traditional

Mediation has evolved to include virtual platforms, allowing parties to negotiate from the comfort of their homes, which can be especially beneficial to the parties. With the guidance of a trained mediator, disputing parties each express their wishes for settlement agreements. Prior to entering into mediation, the parties must agree to mediate. They may choose their mediator, and they have the opportunity to set a timeline that works for both of them.

The mediator does not provide legal representation or advice; rather, they answer questions on potential outcomes for various choices the parties wish to make. There is much give and take in mediation. Each party may state their non-negotiables knowing that they may not get their way 100% of the time.

The process is confidential, allowing for privacy in personal matters, and it can often preserve relationships post-divorce by avoiding the adversarial nature of court proceedings. Mediators help manage power imbalances and can bring in experts like child psychologists or financial planners when necessary. When settlement agreements are reached as a result of mediation, they are sent to the family court judge for their signature.

The Value Of Experienced Legal Guidance

When an individual is navigating the complexities of family law, the guidance of an experienced family law attorney for contested and uncontested – or agreed – divorce is invaluable. Our legal team at Ruiz & Associates, PLLC, can help you:

  • Understand and protect your legal rights throughout the process
  • Prepare you effectively for negotiations, ensuring that all relevant information is considered
  • Advocate for fair and equitable outcomes that are enforceable and sustainable over time

An agreed/uncontested case would consist of an agreement on all matters, such as property division, conservatorship of your children, the possession and access schedule, and more.

Whether you meet with our team in person or online, you deserve a divorce lawyer who can offer you a more convenient and cost-efficient alternative to going to the courthouse. By utilizing software like Zoom and DocuSign, our attorneys and staff make full use of available technologies to benefit our clients’ needs. If you are not certain whether our services will work for you, get in touch with our team to learn more.

Discuss Your Circumstances Confidently

Our lawyers can assist you with tools for reducing the stress of divorce and separation. Attorney George Ruiz is here to protect your family dynamic and your future. Working alongside you and his professional staff, he can guide you every step of the way. To reach our office in San Antonio to schedule your initial consultation, please call 210-899-4853 or send us an email.