Mediation is a process during which both parties undergoing the divorce and their attorneys meet with a mediator who is knowledgeable about law and the art of negotiation to see if they can draw an agreement out of the feuding parties. Everything that is said is confidential at mediation, and the mediator can never be forced to come to court to testify.
One of the roles of a mediator is to get the parties to look at the downsides of their cases and to consider the benefits of settling. If the case is settled at mediation, the mediated settlement agreement cannot be changed after the fact. An Order will be prepared outlining the terms of the settlement and submitted to the Court, which usually takes about two weeks. Your case is officially over after the Final Order is signed by the Judge. If the case is not settled at mediation, the mediator can write the Court a letter saying “I mediated this case and it did not settle.”
The Houston divorce lawyers of Holmes, Diggs & Sadler are committed to helping couples reach a successful divorce agreement that is as fair to both sides as possible. If you or someone you know is considering mediated divorce, contact us at (713) 802-1777.