Dispute Resolution Stage
After you and your divorce attorney have all of the information that you need, or anticipate needing to make decisions in your case, you may attempt to resolve your case and reach an agreement with the other side. There are several ways you might attempt to do that including mediation, settlement conferences, exchanging offers through your divorce lawyers, sitting down informally with the other side. And, you and your divorce attorney might use a combination of all of these methods in an attempt to reach an agreement you can both live with and finish your divorce.
After your attorney has filed the initial pleadings, and you have all the information that you need for right now, your attorney may start talking about “dispute resolution”. “Dispute Resolution” means resolving issues and reaching an agreement to finish the divorce. It will likely involve some combination of methods and types of negotiation. This is the third stage of your divorce and will likely be some attempts to reach a negotiated agreement between you and your spouse.
Mediation is one of the ways that you might attempt to come to an agreement with your spouse. In divorce mediation, the mediator is usually a lawyer with family law and divorce experience. The mediator is neutral and for that day they are neutral. They aren’t on your side or your spouse’s side. The mediator’s job and focus is on the mediation and working with both sides to assist you all to reach an agreement. Usually you won’t see the other side, unless you want to meet with them and they agree.
Settlement conference is another way of negotiating in divorce. Settlement conference can be at a lawyer’s office and the parties each meet in an office with their lawyer and the lawyers then meet in a different room to discuss and negotiation. Again, you don’t have to see each other if you don’t want to.
Kitchen Table Discussions
And, you and your spouse might sit down together and work out the details yourselves. Sometimes, this works. With the right people and at the right time, this can be a great resolution to the case.
This post is the fourth post in our Navigating Texas Divorce series. An experienced divorce attorney will discuss these methods with you and prepare you for the methods that you and your attorney choose to use.
Jill O’Connell, 940-497-5454