You did not spend years amassing property and saving your monty just to give it all to lawyers.
Divorce does not have to be hard and it does not have to be expensive because now, there is a choice.
Your marraige started with two people - you and your spouse, now one or both of you want out. Divorce is the death of a relationship, it is okay to mourne and it is okay to be angry. It is NOT okay to spend everthing you have worked for during your married life on attorneys who want to win so they can charge the next client more because he/she wins. Why pay to attoreys to fight over your stuff when the law is specific - it is going to be split and absent a substantial reason, it is going to be split 50/50.
No matter what caused the marriage to end, When your family is in crisis, you do not need a lawyer telling you what you should or should not do. What you need is quick and decisive answers and cooperation with your spouse to preserve the hard work and savings for yourselves and your children. That is why you should work to reach a solution without the cost of a lawyer and secure the services of a skilled family law attorney to complete your pleadings and orders - you and your spouse should mediate not litigate.
Traditionally, one spouse files a petition for divorce, the other spouse files an answer and counter-pleadings. Next the Attorneys hired spend a lot of time and money conducting discovery before the parties and their attorneys show up at a mediators office. By this time each spouse has paid for 15 to 50 hours of attorney time and the mediation will last 6 to 8 hours during which time both attorneys are billing for being there. During the mediation, the attorneys do most of the talking while the mediator works through the problem and at the end of the day the parties hopefully reach a resolution without the necessity of going to court. The intersting fact is, most of the cases that settle at mediation would have resolved even if the attorneys were not there. In fact, sometimes cases resolve only when the lawyers and their egos are removed from the equation.
At Family Mediation Services, we offer a simple solution to a difficult problem at a fraction of the cost of traditional mediation and we help the parties reach an amicable solution that is in everyone’s best interest without excessive attorneys fees or expensive litigation and best of all, you remain in control of your case and the cost.
- Mediation is private, confidential and cost effective.
- Mediation opens lines of communication. Parties are able to be heard and to vent.
- Parties can structure a resolution that the may not achieve in court.
- Parties receive a neutral evaluation of their case. Each side learns something.
- You can mediate on the date that works with your schedule, not the day the Judge picks.
- You pay only for the services recieved, no need to pay a lawyer to sit and talk or wait for a Judge
Resolve your divorce with Family Mediation Services
Get started today by submitting a Participant Form. Once this form has been submitted, we will evaluate your case and send a request to the other party asking him or her to consider mediation. You can see a sample of the contact letter here. Once we have both parties contact information you will be scheduled for an intake with both parties present. It is impairative that both participants be present at the intake because:
- You will meet the attorney who will mediate your case to discuss your case and mutual goals and narrow the issues.
- Both parties will sign the Mediation Agreement and select a date to mediate the case.
- You will pay the Mediation Fee but only if the mediation is scheduled.
If either side elects to proceed with a lawyer, you pay nothing.
- You will be provided with a packet of documents to complete and return prior to the mediation date.
- You will receive valuable information that both parties need to know about the legal process after mediation and what you will need to do to get a Judge's signature without a lawyer.
Contact Us for Appointment
FAMILY MEDIATION SERVICES
Adress : 1400 Gables Court
Plano, Texas 75075
E-mail : FMS@ReevesPC.Com
Phone : 972-596-4000
Fax : 972-596-4000
THE COST IS $449 PER SIDE
You can mediate for half a day for less than the cost one lawyer charges to review your case. Four hours with a skilled family law attorney who has tried hundreds of divorces and argued family law issues on appeal for only $449 per side. At the end of your scheduled mediation, if there is no agreement, but progress is being made, you may elect to buy additional time with the mediator. This option will be discussed at the initial meeting.
A Mediated Settlement Agreement or MSA is included in your fee of $449 per side. A MSA is a document that contractually binds both participants to complete the matter before the Court under the terms and conditions agreed to at mediation. It is your agreement, but for practical purposes, it is the Court's ruling - just the one that you both ask the Judge to make.
After mediation is complete and you have your MSA prepared and signed, the parties have several options. You can go the County Law Library and secure forms you complete yourself (these forms are also available online from several purveyors, or you can buy them from us. When you buy forms from us, scribner service is available to professionally complete the forms so they are ready for signature.