Perhaps you are in the position of wanting a divorce and not knowing where to start. Perhaps you do not have the funds to hire an attorney. The simpler divorce may be your answer. The simpler divorce starts with mediation rather than litigation. Here’s how it works:
Call my office at 832-263-1585 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or book directly on this sight by clicking here and selecting either the half-day or full-day mediation options.
In order for the simpler divorce to work you have to put some effort into preparing for mediation. There are considerations to be made for if you have children or if there is only a property division.
If there are children, think about what you want in terms of how much time you have with the children. Think about who typically makes the decisions and how that will work going forward. Think about where each party will live. Review §§153.312, 153.313, 153.314 of the Texas Family Code to learn about the Standard Possession Order. Click here for quick access to these sections. Also review §154.125 of the Texas Family Code to learn about child support calculations. Click here for quick access to these sections.
Whether there are children or not, you will also need a list of all of your assets and liabilities. Click this link Inventory and Appraisement_fillable for a form to help you go through what all possible assets and liabilities you have. Bring this form with you and a copy of current statements to support what you list on the Inventory.
Whether mediation is in person or via video conference you and your spouse will be in separate rooms and I will talk with each of you individually. Through this process I will work to help you settle your disputes for the simpler divorce. I use my experience as a family law attorney to help you understand what might happen in a litigated divorce versus the simpler divorce option.
After you reach an agreement you will sign a binding Mediated Settlement Agreement. Depending on your circumstances you may be able to use the free forms and do your divorce completely on your own. In the circumstances where this will not be feasible, I will refer you to an attorney who can draft all necessary documents for you.