The conventional process of divorce or other family law matters can drive parties even farther apart. It takes a toll on individual dignity, and often children suffer the most. Collaborative Divorce presents a more humane, respectful choice for divorces. It is a process in which the parties and their mediator agree in writing to make a good faith attempt to reach a mutually-agreeable settlement without court intervention. Working together, we craft a way to dissolve your marriage respectfully, or resolve any family law matter in a way that considers everyone’s needs and minimizes conflict.
Collaborative divorce allows couples to resolve family law issues themselves without entering a courtroom where a judge or jury determines how an issue will be settled. As such, actively being collaborative places couples in charge of their own fate, providing them with a forum to discuss and negotiate terms mutually agreeable to all involved.
The Family Relationship Center assists and represents clients throughout the collaborative divorce process to ensure their interests and rights are protected. As your mediator, Rebecca Marsh helps you evaluate the pros and cons of any proposed settlement, alerting clients to child custody and parenting issues as well as financial issues that could impact you and your children’s future.
Services Offered in Mediation
Conferring With Your Own Lawyer
We recommend that everybody employing our mediation services confer afterward with a lawyer to review the final Mutual Settlement Agreement (MSA) to assure that your interests and concerns have been addressed in a satisfactory manner.
Why Choose a Marriage & Family Therapist as a Mediator?
An MFT mediator is uniquely trained to help families through difficult, emotionally charged situations such as a divorce, resolve disagreements and disputes, and lay the groundwork for an improved on-going relationship between the parties and their families after the divorce is over.
Clients often bring strong emotions to the mediation process, which can interfere with the productive resolution of issues. People want to be heard. It’s the reason why so many people say, “I just want my day in court.” Therapists are trained to closely follow a client’s narrative and listen to their stories. Therefore, the skills of a therapist make it less likely that the mediator will become impatient with a disputant’s pace or attempt to rush the process. Moreover, whereas attorney mediators tend to focus on the content of communication during mediation, therapists are trained to simultaneously attend to content and process of communication during mediation. The pain that people experience during divorce usually has more to do with the inherent adversarial nature of a traditional divorce, rather than the loss of the relationship.
Dealing with loss and grief is almost always a part of disagreements between family members – loss of relationship, loss of a dream, loss of identity, loss of social relationships, loss of financial security, etc. Beginning to come to terms with loss is an essential precondition for reaching a compromise in any dispute. MFTs are trained in helping people find meaning and dignity in their experience so that they can come to terms with loss and grief. Utilizing an MFT mediator allows for an openness that vastly improves the likelihood of successful mediation.
Because dispute resolution for families is outlined as an appropriate role for an MFT by their Texas licensing rules, family mediation services may be covered by health insurance benefits or Health Savings Accounts.
Rebecca Marsh is a Certified Divorce Mediator and Marriage and Family Therapist. She has unique experience in resolving conflict resolution disputes through her 19 year career working at NASA/Johnson Space Center as a Flight Controller in the Mission Control Center as well as counseling 1000's of couples and families toward better communication.
Please call to schedule your mediation with The Family Relationship Center 832-720-4330 or email us at [email protected] with your mediation conflict.