In Harris County, Texas Family Law Cases mediation is a process wherein the parties will usually work with a neutral third-party attorney, who in family law cases is usually a trained mediator and family lawyer.
The purpose of mediation is to assist the parties in reaching an agreement with regard to all of the issues in their Harris County case, whether those issues may concern property division, division of debt, and/or parent-child issues, to name a few.
The mediator acts as a referee, and does not decide the issues for the parties. In fact, the mediator has no power to force the parties to accept a settlement. That power is reserved for the Harris County District Court Judge who will decide your case if you can’t reach an agreement at mediation or otherwise.
Because the mediator is impartial he/she is tasked with the responsibility of assisting the parties in reaching an agreement that meets the needs of both parties and the child, if a child is at issue.
A good mediator will help the parties see the issues clearly and consider reasonable solutions, despite the emotion that often accompanies family law cases.
In Houston and Harris County, Texas mediation provides the parties with a less formal environment than would be afforded in a Harris County District Court, and at trial. It also allows the parties to agree on settlement terms which are much more specific than what they would obtain from a Harris County District Court Judge as part of a ruling in a divorce or family law case at trial.
In other words, at mediation you have the opportunity to decide the outcome of your case, and at trial the Judge decides the outcome of your case, whether you like it or not.
Another benefit of mediation is that statements made and information shared at mediation are confidential (with a few exceptions), and cannot later be used against either party at trial.
In some cases, mediation is thought to be the least costly way of resolving a matter, short of the parties reaching an agreement without the need for mediation. While mediation is not free, and the parties will have to incur the cost of hiring the mediator and paying attorney’s fees, it is generally less costly then preparing for and attending trial.
In a Houston and Harris County, Texas family law mediation (i.e. divorce, parentage ) each party usually attends mediation with his/her attorney.
In order to be successful at mediation you need to prepare adequately, and you need a local Houston mediation attorney and Harris County, Texas lawyer with experience mediating family law cases in your locale. If your attorney is not prepared or lacks the experience to negotiate on your behalf you are not likely to achieve a successful outcome.
Negotiating is a skill which is acquired by attorneys by experience and over time, and the benefits of this experience are on full display during the mediation process.
Mr. McCarty has extensive experience representing clients at mediation in Houston and Harris County, Texas, and is well versed in each step of the mediation process. Mr. McCarty understands that preparation is the key to achieving success for his Houston and Harris County clients at mediation, and he works with each client before mediation to take full advantage of the process.
Because the mediation process is complex it is best to hire an experienced local lawyer like Mr. McCarty to assist you. With over two decades of experience handling family law cases and successfully mediating cases in Houston and Harris County, Texas, Mr. McCarty works hard to ensure that his clients’ interests are protected.
If you want an experienced mediation attorney and family lawyer on your side at mediation then contact the Houston and West Harris County, Texas Law Office of Daniel E. McCarty, Jr. today at (713) 464-7000 to schedule an appointment with Mr. McCarty.
Law Office of Daniel E. McCarty, Jr.
16225 Park Ten Place, Suite 500
Houston, Texas 77084