Galveston Texas Mediation Rules & Goals Attorney
Texas Mediation Services Focus on Long-Term Solutions
Serving Houston, Freeport, Seabrook, Galveston and Surrounding Areas
Divorce court is often a gamble. Each side competes for the judge's attention to portray their situation in the best light possible. Judges are forced to make decisions without truly knowing the couple's back story. Verdicts often end up destroying families with children caught in the middle.
At the Law Office of Susan M. Edmonson, we offer an alternative approach through mediation. This form of dispute resolution empowers couples to find long-term solutions to complex family law-related disputes. We offer a non-threatening environment for couples to discuss emotional concerns and common goals.
Certified Family Law Mediator
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One of our law firm's experienced divorce attorneys — Rebecca Murphy — is a certified family law mediator. She works as a neutral-third party to help couples find amicable solutions, instead of protecting one side's interests.
A key part of her role centers around helping couples identify their specific needs and concerns. Throughout mediation, Ms. Murphy affirms that each side has important points, without giving her opinion. The mediation process helps couples determine effective solution based on mutual goals.
Mediation Rules and Guidelines
Collaborative divorce is only effective if both sides are willing to work together. Each side does not need to agree on every point, but they need to have an open mind. Ms. Murphy challenges couples to listen to each other without attacking their viewpoints. She carefully explains the divorce mediation process upfront, while zeroing-in on specific benefits, such as:
- Mediation proceeding are confidential
- Parties in conflict commit to mediation in good faith
- Mediation is held in a private-office setting at convenient times for both parties
- Impartial mediator facilitates conversation without imposing his or her views
Ms. Murphy guides couples to look into the practicalities of each option with the goal of helping them find effective resolutions. Once each side agrees on a solution, she writes up the divorce agreement to be reviewed and finalized. The agreement then becomes official with a judge's signature.
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Harris County and Galveston County require divorcing couples to go through mediation before entering a courtroom. Mediation services are also available for families in probate disputes.
The lawyers at our law firm are prepared to explain the benefits of mediation. Contact us today to schedule a convenient appointment.
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