MEDIATION IN DIVORCE
Acrimony and conflict during the divorce process can make an already difficult situation intolerable. Divorce litigation can breed an atmosphere in which people are encouraged to think in terms of “winning” and “losing.” This mindset can be counterproductive and can keep people from resolving their various differences in a positive manner. In fact there are many possible alternatives to divorce that can help you resolve your issues without the expense and uncertainty of litigation. Mediation is one such alternative.
I am Dennis A. Fuller, Attorney at Law. For more than 35 years, I have devoted my law practice to helping people work through various family law challenges. When spouses are willing and ready to compromise, mediation can be an excellent means of dispute resolution.
HOW DOES MEDIATION WORK?
In mediation, the spouses and their lawyers meet with a trained mediator to resolve their differences. The mediator’s job is not to pressure parties into agreement, but to discuss various alternatives, points of agreement and areas of contention. The mediator may discuss how a court could rule on a given issue, but will not provide legal advice. It may take numerous sessions for the parties to reach agreement on property division, child custody, spousal support and other issues.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MEDIATION?
The main benefit of mediation is that it allows divorcing spouses full control over their divorce. In litigation, a judge is the ultimate decision-maker, for good or ill. In addition, litigation is extremely expensive and time-consuming. Perhaps most importantly, the aftereffects of litigation can create bitterness and bad feelings. This is very harmful, particularly for parents of minor children who will still have to make decisions about their children’s lives. Mediation can alleviate these feelings and help parents and children move forward from divorce on the best possible terms.
In order for mediation to be successful, however, both spouses must be willing to negotiate in good faith and be willing to compromise on certain points. If this is not present, litigation may be the only solution. In these situations, I am ready to fight for you and your children.
CONTACT DENNIS A. FULLER, ATTORNEY AT LAW
Call my Dallas-based law firm at 972-852-8500 to schedule a consultation.