Maximize The Benefits Mediation Has To Offer

In Tarrant County, you may choose to mediate family law disputes or a court may order you to do so. Regardless of how you got to mediation, you should consider maximizing the benefit of your time spent there and having Hoppes & Cutrer in Hurst, as your guide.

Attorneys Lisa Hoppes and Anita Cutrer have each completed mediation training and family mediation training as required by Texas law, and have also trained in collaborative law. Both have over 20 years of experience resolving family law matters through negotiation and litigation, which adds unique value to the mediation process.

Why Choose Mediation Or Take Court-Ordered Mediation Seriously?

Mediation is an alternative method of resolving a dispute without going to trial. It is an informal process where no one is questioned by a lawyer. Unlike a judge, a mediator cannot impose a solution on the parties. The parties control the outcome of the dispute, not a judge.

During the process, the mediator meets with each person and allows each person a chance to be heard. The mediator then facilitates discussion and helps the parties design a solution that both parties agree on.

Mediation allows you to:

  • Have control over the outcome of your dispute. Cooperation does equate to settling for less than you would in court. It can have the opposite effect, giving your more power and control to set your priorities, choose the compromises you make and find solutions that satisfy both parties.
  • Avoid a costly trial. Every time you must file a motion or appear in court, it costs money. You pay court costs and attorney's fees. You have to take time off work, because you don't get to choose when the hearing will take place.
  • Keep the children out of it. If you have children, you will always be involved with the other parent even though you are no longer intimate. You will always have to communicate about their schedules, appear at their weddings and share time with grandchildren. Mediation allows you to resolve your child-related disputes while maintaining a working relationship.
  • Maintain dignity and privacy. Court is public. Mediation is private. Although your final divorce decree is public record, your conversations take place behind closed doors. Your raw emotions, details of your finances and faults are not on display.
  • Resolve your dispute without destroying relationships. Heated court battles seem to drag outside the courtroom affecting relationships with your children, your ex-spouse, or family and friends. The discussions in mediation may be tough and emotional, but the cooperative approach tends to lean toward resolution not resent.

Contact Our Lawyers For Help With Your Mediation

Call our office at 817-864-8594 or send us your information using our confidential form online.