MEDIATION IN HARRIS COUNTY AND GALVESTON COUNTY
Mediation is the process involving a trained mediator, usually an attorney, who works with both sides to come to mutually acceptable agreements in their divorce. Mediation is a good opportunity for both spouses to work through their issues to determine if they can resolve their divorce without having to go to trial. Mediation is advantageous for spouses because they are able to try to settle their disputes without the expense of going to trial.
HOW MUCH DOES MEDIATION COST?
The amount that each spouse will pay will depend upon the mediator that is used and the time it takes to mediate the case. Typically, mediators will charge each spouse based upon a half-day or a full day to mediate. If your case is not complex, typically the mediation will last just a half day (4 hours). Mediation costs typically range from $350-$500.00 per party for a half day of mediation and can range from $750.00 to $1,500.00 per party for a full day of mediation in complex cases.
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE CAN RESOLVE OUR ISSUES IN MEDIATION?
If the spouses reach a mutually acceptable agreement, they will sign a binding Mediated Settlement Agreement (“MSA”). The MSA will contain the entire agreement of the spouses. The MSA will be filed with the court and will be proven up by one of the spouses at a hearing. A final order is then prepared, signed by all of the parties, and then entered with the Court.
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE CANNOT RESOLVE OUR ISSUES IN MEDIATION?
Sometimes, spouses cannot reach a final settlement in mediation. If no settlement is reached, trial is usually the next step in the process.