Mediation in Divorce Cases

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Austin, Texas: Divorce Mediation Attorney

Qualified per Sec. 154.052, Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code

In divorce mediation, a neutral conflict resolution professional helps spouses come to an agreement about their divorce or other family dispute. Once an agreement is reached, the agreement is memorialized in a Mediated Settlement Agreement. The parties can participate with or without a lawyer, but a lawyer will be needed afterwards to prepare the closing documents based on the Mediated Settlement Agreement.

Linda Stanley: Trained and Qualified in Divorce Mediation

Attorney Linda J. Stanley is an Austin, Texas, family law attorney who has been in practice since 1984.  Ms. Stanley has completed the basic 40 hours of mediation training along with an additional 24 hours of family law mediation training and has mediated over 250 cases.  Her law offices focus exclusively on resolving family law disputes via mediation, collaborative law and litigation when necessary.

Ms. Stanley has mediated hundreds of cases, including divorces, other family law matters, employment disputes and personal injury cases. She has also been appointed frequently by the Travis County judges to mediate Child Protective Services cases.

If you are interested in mediation of your divorce or other family law conflict, please contact our offices to schedule an appointment.

What Does Divorce Mediation Look Like?

An attorney-mediator meets with the spouses together and addresses with them all issues that need to be resolved to finalize their divorce. The attorney-mediator helps the parties reach agreement on the issues and prepares a comprehensive Mediated Settlement Agreement. The attorney mediator does not represent either party in the litigation. Attorneys in Texas cannot represent both parties to a divorce.  The attorney-mediator cannot draft the decree.

When Is Divorce Mediation a Good Idea?

Divorce mediation usually works best when the spouses are committed to resolving their divorce without a contentious court proceeding. In some instances they may have already agreed on many issues; in other, they simply need to be committed to work together to reach an agreement the parties believe is best for their family. Even if the lines of communication have broken down, a trained mediator may be able to help the parties re-open communication so that an amicable or uncontested divorce may still be possible.

Divorce mediation is cost-efficient: The result may be a divorce process that conserves the financial resources of each spouse — saving the marital assets for the spouses and the children, rather than spending all the assets on litigation.

Divorce mediation helps with 'non-standard' agreements: If you and your spouse want to structure your divorce agreement in a non-standard way - whether that involves child custody, division of the marital assets, visitation or alimony - a trained mediator can help you brainstorm ideas and structure a divorce agreement that looks like you want it to.

Contact Linda Stanley, P.L.L.C.

If you want to proceed with divorce mediation, we invite you to contact our offices to schedule a joint consultation. Call 1-866-930-6377 or 512-961-7607, or send us an e-mail.