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Preparing for Divorce Mediation

Divorce mediation provides a non-adversarial setting to resolve issues involving finances, property, division of assets, child custody and ongoing support. The mediator is a neutral third party trained to facilitate communication and help resolve disputes. Texas family court likes the mediation process because it frees up time and resources and generally moves cases forward more quickly — and with a lot less drama and angst. Mediation is less formal, but you should still prepare yourself before you sit down at the table.

For best results in your divorce mediation, discuss the following with your attorney:

  1. Do you have all the necessary financial information? You and your former spouse should disclose all required information. You need to have a thorough picture of assets and liabilities before making decisions about property division and child support.
  2. What is non-negotiable? Mediation strives for a win-win outcome, so you should expect to make some compromises, but identifying your priorities can put you in a better negotiating position.
  3. What are you willing to give up? Compromise is a two-way street. Think about what concessions you are willing to make.
  4. What are your most important short- and long-term goals? Resolving your immediate financial and child custody issues are probably your most pressing concerns, but it is also wise to make as many smart long-term agreements as possible.
  5. Are you prepared to listen to your ex? There are always two sides to a story and mediation only works when both parties have an equal chance to articulate their positions.

An experienced Texas family law attorney can help you prepare to get the best outcome from mediation, saving you time, money — and unnecessary emotional turmoil.

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Robert Reid McInvale is an experienced family law attorney with a comprehensive practice in Houston. He provides dedicated and strong advocacy for his clients, helping them with all the issues surrounding their divorce, separation, child custody, and other marriage and family matters. Attorney McInvale—Reid to clients and friends—seemed destined for a law career. Born while his father was attending Emory University Law School, Reid grew up in Manchester, GA. His father was the city attorney for many years, as well as head of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce. It is in the family blood to become lawyers and help people get justice. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall is part of the McInvale family tree.

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