The divorce process can feel dehumanizing in part because it strips someone of their privacy. Very personal matters, including finances and the state of their relationship with their spouse, could become a topic of discussion in a courtroom if a couple cannot reach a mutually-agreeable divorce settlement without judicial intervention.
Many Texas couples feel strongly that the details of their marriage should influence property division and custody matters. While judges rarely consider misconduct when settling matters for couples, the circumstances of a marriage do still matter. The privacy afforded by divorce mediation is one of the reasons that it appeals to so many people who are preparing for divorce in Texas.
Couples can discuss relevant matters without embarrassing themselves
During divorce mediation, what people discuss can have a major impact on the terms they eventually set with their spouse. They can bring up the most emotional and embarrassing of topics with confidence in mediation as their conversation won’t become public record or occur in front of dozens of witnesses. Unlike family court proceedings which may have numerous people witness them in person, ranging from family members and children to coworkers who attend to provide emotional support, mediation occurs behind closed doors. It also has protection as a confidential process under Texas state statutes.
Spouses won’t have to worry about the details of their mediation negotiations impacting later hearings. The records of mediation are typically confidential, and only the agreement signed by the divorcing spouses becomes part of the court record for their case. People can therefore talk about important matters, like one parent’s neglect of the children or misrepresentation of their financial circumstances, without making those details public record.
In-depth conversations facilitate workable solutions
Being able to really discuss each spouse’s viewpoint about the marriage and the upcoming divorce can facilitate a more appropriate resolution in a pending Texas divorce. Spouses may find it easier to compromise with one another once they discuss the details of their marriage. They can also create more effective property division settlements and parenting plans when they talk openly and honestly about their families’ circumstances.
Viewing mediation as a useful tool when preparing for a Texas divorce can help people employ effective approaches when seeking legal guidance at the end of their marriage.