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When is pursuing mediation ideal for couples?

Many Texas couples looking for an alternate, more amicable way to resolve their differences have begun pursuing divorce mediation in recent years. While the idea of avoiding a hotly contested courtroom battle may appeal to many divorcing spouses, there are some instances in which mediation isn't the ideal option. It's essential that you know when that's the case.

Both you and your spouse have to be committed to ending your marriage if you want mediation to work for you. If one of you has plans to patch things up and get back together, then you should maybe consult a couples therapist and not a mediator.

You two may also want to avoid mediation if you aren't able to communicate civilly with one another. Spouses must discuss their preferences and voice their concerns about what their ex wants during the mediation process. The role of the mediator is to keep these discussions on the topic and to referee the situation. If you two can't even stand to be in the same room and are unwilling to exchange words, then you're unlikely to accomplish very much in your mediation session.

Both of you need to be flexible and willing to reach a comprise on these emotionally-fraught marital issues. Any spouses that commit to the mediation process must be willing to be forthright in disclosing any assets that they own as well as any debts that they've amassed. You have to be comfortable discussing these topics because money is one of the more divisive matters that couples argue about before finalizing their divorces. If you can't be forthright when having such discussions, it's unlikely that mediation will work for you.

You can save a lot of time that you'd otherwise spend in a courtroom litigating your divorce if you pursue mediation. This alternate dispute resolution approach isn't ideal for all divorcing couples, though. A divorce attorney will want to learn more about any ongoing concerns that you and your spouse have before advising you whether pursuing mediation is ideal in your San Antonio case.

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