When you hear stories about divorce, they are often negative. They involve long, drawn-out courtroom battles. They involve money lost and outcomes that nobody is happy with.
This does not need to be your story.
Going to battle is not the only way to resolve a divorce. Through mediation, you can reach positive resolutions without the need for trial. You may even be able to move on with your life sooner and at less cost by using mediation instead of going to trial. At the Law Office of Rebecca Anne Gonzalez in San Antonio, Texas, I am well-versed in the strengths of mediation. As your attorney, I will help you determine whether mediation is right for you. If it is, I will guide you through the process while protecting your rights and interests.
What Is Divorce Mediation?
In mediation, you and your spouse will reach agreements with the help of a third-party mediator. The mediator will not take sides. The mediator will simply facilitate communication between you and your spouse while offering insight on ways to find common ground. The mediator will use his or her years of experience practicing before the courts. The mediator is unlike a judge in that the mediator cannot force either party to sign the Mediated Settlement Agreement. On the other hand, a judge’s ruling is final.
During this process, you can be represented by a lawyer. Your lawyer’s role in the process will be to make certain that your voice is heard and that you are properly informed about your rights along the way. I will help you weigh the strengths and weaknesses of the various options available to you. Ultimately, the final decisions about your divorce will be yours.
Why Mediation May Be Better Than Trial
There are many benefits of mediation. It may lead to a faster, less costly resolution. It may be less stressful than fighting it out with your spouse in the courtroom. When there are children involved, mediation may be a better option than potentially having a child who is 12 or older have to have discussions with a judge in chambers regarding which parent they want to live with.
One of the most important benefits of mediation is that it puts the power in your hands. When you take your divorce to trial, the decisions will ultimately be made by the judge. The judge will be somewhat limited. Sometimes, the outcome is something that neither side is happy with. Mediation allows you to work with your spouse and get creative, molding a solution that makes sense based on what you envision for your future. I am committed to helping you reach that future through mediation, if appropriate in your case.
Contact Us To Determine If Mediation Is Right For You
Every divorce is different. I will review your case to help you determine whether mediation is a viable option for achieving your goals. Contact me today at 210-888-9836 or toll free at 800-823-6321 or, if you prefer, by email. Evening and weekend appointments are available, upon request.