Mediation Attorney in League City, Texas
Assisting families throughout Clear Lake, Friendswood and the surrounding areas
Mediation is an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) method commonly used in resolving family law cases. Most Texas courts will order the parties to participate in a process called mediation before proceeding to trial, especially in family law cases. In fact, unless there are issues of family violence or an urgent need to appear immediately before the judge when the case is first filed, mediation is often required before a hearing on temporary orders will be heard by the court. The mediation process is confidential and involves the mediator working with the parties and their attorneys to facilitate a settlement.
Rob Musemeche has decades of experience representing clients during the mediation process. However, when mediation fails, he relies upon extensive litigation experience to obtain the best possible outcome for his clients.
How Does Mediation Work?
In most family law cases, mediations are generally scheduled to last a half day. More complex cases can last longer. Mediation is a settlement negotiation session that is facilitated by a trained mediator to act as an impartial party to a dispute. It is not a trial, but case specific information is generally exchanged and discussed. Sometimes the mediation is conducted remotely by Zoom, and other times in person. However, only the lawyers and the client are allowed to be present. And, in family law mediations, the parties are almost always kept in separate rooms, with the mediator going back-and-forth to exchange ideas and settlement offers.
Family law judges often use mediation as a first step to try to resolve issues between the parties. The success rate for mediation is very high, which is one of the main reasons that Courts require it. Many clients can also benefit from the process too, because reaching an agreement in mediation allows the client some control over the outcome of their own case without having to take a risk or spend time and money in court.
The meeting is usually at either attorney’s office, the mediator’s office or a neutral location. There may be others involved in the proceedings such as counselors or social workers but the process is driven by the client(s) and their goals. The environment is meant to support both parties and be as non-confrontational as possible.
The mediator does not offer legal advice but is there to facilitate communication between the parties. The mediator will go over the guidelines and expectations of the session and they will ensure that they are followed by both parties. The goal of mediation is to reach an agreement called a “Mediated Settlement Agreement” or “MSA.” If that doesn’t happen, then the legal counsel will step in to advise on the next steps. If a Mediated Settlement Agreement is reached, then it is binding and not revocable by law. From the MSA, the lawyers will then draft a more formal, more complete order for the judge to approve and sign.
AN EXPERIENCED LEAGUE CITY Divorce and child custody ATTORNEY
Attorney Rob Musemeche has helped Texas clients protect their rights during mediations in divorce and child custody cases for more than 30 years. Call (281) 809-9757 or contact us online to schedule your consultation with an experienced League City and Friendswood family law attorney.
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