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Mediation and Arbitration

Houston Lawyers Offering Divorce and Family Law Mediation Services

When many people think of a family law issue such as divorce or a child custody dispute, they envision a long and contentious trial leading to a judge's decision on what is right or wrong for a family. This doesn't have to be the case. You do not have to choose between going to trial or "giving up" on major points. You do not have to put your family's future in the hands of a judge or jury who are virtual strangers.

Options, such as divorce mediation or arbitration, exist to help you and the other party reach a mutually acceptable agreement that truly meets your needs and outcome goals.

At Short Carter Morris, LLP, in Houston, Texas, attorneys Lauren Durso are specifically trained in methods of alternative dispute resolution. With experience in divorce and family law mediation and arbitration, they can help you reach an amicable agreement that saves both time and money. To speak with either of these attorneys about settling your case outside of the courtroom, contact our office at 713-626-3345.

Exploring the Benefits of Divorce and Family Law Mediation

Mediation is a voluntary negotiation process in which both parties are present and participating. Each side may have legal counsel in attendance, or the parties may choose to have a neutral mediator oversee the communication process. The parties discuss issues at hand and work together to reach a compromise that they can agree to. If at any time negotiations break down, the case can move toward the courts.

Mediation is typically much less expensive than proceeding with open-ended negotiations or a divorce or child custody trial. Mediation can help recognize needs, restore communication and rebuilds damaged relationships. It allows parties to have a hand in deciding their future.

Is Arbitration an Option for You?

In arbitration, disputing parties agree to choose a trained decision-maker to hear both sides of the story. Much like orders from a judge, the decision of an arbitrator is binding. Arbitration is similar to trial, but is less formal and more private, as documents do not become public record. Parties choosing to enter into arbitration can speak for themselves, but generally prefer to have legal counsel present.

Arbitration is less costly and time consuming than a full-fledged trial, often producing the same or better outcome results.

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about options for alternative dispute resolution, do not hesitate to contact us. Call 713-626-3345 or contact us by e-mail.

Lauren F. Durso is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She completed her mediation training through the A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center and has also completed the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers certified arbitration training. Lauren has been selected as a Rising Star in Family Law by Texas Monthly magazine multiple times in recent years. Although she is a strong advocate for her clients, Lauren is a firm believer in the benefits of alternative dispute resolution. To schedule mediation or arbitration with Lauren F. Durso, please contact Leah at lmoore@shortcartermorris.com or 713-626-3345.

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