One of your options when seeking a divorce in Texas is to use an alternative dispute resolution. Mediation is a popular option. It allows you and your spouse to work together to iron out the details of your divorce agreement without much intervention from the court. It can help save time and money. It also encourages you to talk and work with each other, which is wonderful if you have children. Before you go into mediation, though, you should do a little preparation. This can help the process move along better.

The American Bar Association suggests learning about what will happen during mediation. Knowing what to expect can put you more at ease and help you to make other preparations.

To help save time, you should go into mediation with a good idea of what you want to get out of it. Write out what you want in the divorce and perhaps note where you are willing to compromise. This can help you to get right to business once the meeting starts and enables you to stay focused.

It is also a good idea to think about the things you and your spouse will likely agree on and what you will disagree on. This will assist you as you make your list of wants. If you know there will be a disagreement, perhaps make notes on your argument for things to go your way or plan out a compromise.

By planning ahead, you can make mediation go quicker and easier. A smooth mediation can really take the sting out of the whole process. This information is for education and is not legal advice.