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In Family Law related cases, the structure and the process are clear, but the family ties, the emotional complexities of new or dissolving marriages, the process of adoption – all these things create an emotional environment that often muddies the waters of even the simplest legal process.
When you’re choosing an Austin Family Lawyer, sensitivity is key. You need to be able to rely on a trusted resource who can guide you through the legal process so you can reserve the energy you need to focus on your emotional journey. Even seasoned lawyers with years of experience and service aren’t always able to develop the necessary connection with clients to succeed. When it comes to the legal system, it isn’t always about winning – it’s about getting you what you need and doing it in the least painful way possible. I’m confident I can do that for you and your family.
I became a family attorney in Austin because I love watching families progress toward better things – as individuals and as a collective. For example, the divorce process can result in positive changes for both parties once everything is worked out and the papers are signed. The legal part doesn’t have to be painful. If you call or come in for a consult, I’m confident that spending some time with me will give you some realistic information that will inform the next leg of your journey.
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From the Blog
Mediation is a very common method to try to resolve family law issues. The biggest benefits to mediation are that the process can help you figure out what the really important aspects of your case are, and can either end with you resolving your case or get you much closer to resolving through negotiation between the parties. It can be frustrating to go to mediation and fail to resolve the case after hours of work and paying a mediator as well as an attorney, but cases are more likely to settle than not.
I have a Guide to Mediation that I like to give my clients, for tips on making mediation the most useful and likely to resolve your case as possible. One of the most important tips is to remember that mediation isn’t court. The mediator does not need to be persuaded who is right and wrong, because the goal is to get the parties to agree on a solution. Especially when the parties are in the same room, trying to persuade the mediator that the other party is a problem can cause that party to become angry and the mediation could fail.
Mediated settlement agreements are binding, so it’s really important to know what you’re agreeing to when you sign. Mediations are a half day or a full day, and they rarely end early. It’s important not to let frustration or stress overwhelm you into signing an agreement you wish you hadn’t.
Having an attorney with you at mediation are useful, to make sure your interests are protected. They can also help you focus on the most important aspects of your case and ensure that the final agreement is what was agreed.