Divorce Lawyer Helping People Use Mediation Successfully

I am attorney Sharon Merrick and I serve clients throughout Richardson-Plano-Garland and the surrounding areas. If you need to speak with an experienced and compassionate lawyer about all your legal options to resolving a divorce or other family law matter, I am here to help. Contact my law office today to schedule a free initial consultation to learn more about divorce mediation and if this is the right option for you.

What Is Divorce Mediation? How Does It Work?

As an experienced and thorough Plano divorce attorney, I work on a daily basis with men and women who are going through difficult life challenges that affect their families. I find that sometimes divorce mediation is a good option to help find solutions because it is an open and confidential forum to resolve these conflicts.

Mediation is when a neutral third-party mediator, who has training in dispute resolution, assists you and your spouse in helping you resolve the issues that are causing conflict. The mediator listens to both sides and helps the parties make cooperative, informed decisions by pointing out options and helping parties find common ground.

Mediation is a non-adversarial process. It is often cheaper than litigation and less risky because the decisions made are not binding like they would be if handed down by a judge in court. As your advocate, I will help you thoroughly prepare for mediation and represent your interests throughout this process, helping find and cultivate solutions that protect your goals.

When to Use Family Or Divorce Mediation In Texas

I understand that disputes over property division, child custody, visitation and child support can become very heated. Mediation can be used to resolve this entire range of issues or certain outstanding conflicts about specific issues. The goal is to arrive at a fair divorce settlement agreement and avoid litigation. This process often allows for more creative options that may not be allowed in court. It can also help preserve relationships, which makes it easier in the future if circumstances change and the parties need to work out a modification.

Proactive Problem Solver and Aggressive Litigator

Rather than unnecessarily inflaming matters that are potentially contentious, I look to find creative and proactive solutions to disputed matters when possible. I have helped many of my clients avoid protracted litigation through negotiation and utilizing this divorce mediation process.

When it is necessary to take a case to court because mediation is not an option or has proven unsuccessful, my clients can be confident that they are in the hands of an experienced and skilled litigator. I prepare meticulously for the possibility of trial in each case and aggressively defend my clients' rights and interests in the courtroom when necessary.

Free Consultation With A Plano Family Law Attorney

If you need to speak with a Texas divorce attorney, contact my law office to schedule a free consultation. For assistance, call 972-591-2323 or contact me by email.