Certain aspects of divorce in Texas, such as the amount of child support due, are usually fairly straight-forward because they are determined by statute. However, other elements of divorce – such as child custody, spousal support, and the division of assets or debts – can be decided through negotiations between the two people who are divorcing.
A Well-Qualified Divorce Attorney and Trained Mediator
In the midst of the pain and turmoil of divorce, it may seem too difficult to have the necessary rational discussions with your spouse. But with the assistance of a well-qualified divorce lawyer who is also a skilled mediator, strong emotions can be set aside while legally sound decisions are made by the couple themselves.
Self-Determination for Divorcing Couples
Mediation offers people involved in many types of legal matters, including divorce, an alternative means of dispute resolution. It gives them the opportunity, with the help of a neutral third party, to decide for themselves what is going to happen with the children, the family home, or other property such as boats, vacation homes, vehicles, retirement accounts, life insurance policies, and stocks and bonds. Mediation allows the parties to resolve their dispute themselves without relying on strangers (a judge and/or a jury) to decide things for them.
Divorce Mediation With or Without Other Lawyers
Family law attorney and trained mediator Dax Garvin encourages all his divorce clients to consider using divorce mediation services. He is willing to mediate with or without the involvement of other attorneys. Although he advises his clients of the benefits of having their agreements reviewed by outside lawyers, some choose to work solely with him.
Private, Dignified, and Legally Sound Decision Making
In mediation, couples are able to consider what is most important to them in a private and dignified setting, without the interference of a judge or jury. Mediation is almost always less stressful and less expensive than court proceedings. Furthermore, when children are involved, mediation can set the tone for a reasonable means of communication that will be important as the parents, though divorced, continue to cooperate in child rearing through the years until their children become adults.
Mediation for Unmarried Parents and Post-Divorce Matters
The mediation services of Dax Garvin, Attorney at Law, are also useful for unmarried parents who need to negotiate child visitation schedules and for couples who are already divorced but are seeking post-divorce modifications regarding spousal support, child support and/or child custody.