Can mediation work? Family Law Mediation can be highly effective in settling divorce, child custody matters, property division, visitation schedules, child support, alimony and the dissolution of unmarried households. Mediation has been a very successful method for resolving disputes in paternity cases, modifications, enforcement actions, grandparent rights cases, and Elder Law. Members of the military may find that family law mediation gives them the opportunity to come up with solutions that are outside the standard visitation orders. In situations where the parties will need to deal with each other on an ongoing basis, such as co-parenting, Family Law mediation can be especially helpful as it lays the groundwork for future respectful communication and problem-solving. Family Law Mediation may diminish the conflict between the spouses during and after mediation. Benefiting them and their children. There is usually a higher level of initial compliance with settlements reached through mediation (people are more likely to comply with agreements in which they have participated). Even if they will no longer be living together it is in the best interest of the children for the parents to come to an agreement that they are willing to live with.
Most attorneys and Family Law Mediators usually agree that mediation is not an appropriate forum for issues involving allegations of child abuse. Family Law Mediation is not normally used to address a family abuse issue or issues involving domestic violence or when there is a significant power imbalance between the parties. Mediation would not be appropriate if one of the parties believes that the mediation process would expose them to violence or intimidation.
Mediation attempts to change disputes from “win-lose” to “win-win.” Mediation occurs when a neutral third-party, who has training in dispute resolution, assists both parties in making informed, cooperative decisions.
In San Antonio, Family Law Mediation has been a very successful method for resolving disputes in divorce and other family law cases.
Elizabeth McLaughlin Is an attorney and a certified Family Law Mediator. She has qualified for appointment as a mediator under Section 154.052 of the Texas Civil Practices and Remedies Code and was trained by the Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center.