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IRS returns for the past 5 years
Pay stubs for the past three months
Current photos of your children
Savings Account and Certificate of Deposit Statements
Pension plan explanations
Home mortgage materials
Credit card numbers and balances.
Home tax info from the Harris County Appraisal District
Any current info from current home appraisal or agents
Photos and info of items to be divided, such as boat, RV, vacation home, art, antiques, favorite couch, pets, etc…
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Family and Divorce Mediation
Why mediation, as opposed to litigation, will save you time, big money $$$$, and family decay:
Did you know that you don’t need to hire an attorney before you go to mediation for divorce?
Call us first at (713) 840-0828 ! Or email your question to Dr. Manousso.
We can help you find an attorney that will assist you in completing your divorce, after you have mediated your property and child custody issues. We believe in mediation, not litigation.
If you are contemplating divorce in Texas and have considered consulting with a divorce attorney on your own, you may first want to explore the benefits of working together with a mediator in divorce mediation.
A brief glimpse of the divorce process in Texas.
Divorce mediation will not only save you and your spouse the considerable time and expense of an adversarial legal proceeding, but it will also shelter you and your children from the most harmful emotional effects of your divorce.
For these reasons, divorce mediation is a procedure that more and more divorcing couples are employing and Divorce Mediation Professionals, such as Dr. Barbara Manousso and Manousso Mediation mediators, are the professionals they are using to help them.
We don’t negotiate your divorce for you. We assist you to make the resolution plan. It is your life, isn’t it!
Divorce Mediation in Texas
“Family mediation” means the mediation of disputes in actions for divorce, annulment, establishment of paternity, child custody or visitation, or child or spousal support.
Mediation programs can be very beneficial to people who are divorcing as well as to those who have long been divorced but who find themselves in a dispute in their post-divorce relationship. Not only can it save money but it promotes positive dispute resolution rather than adversarial procedures. That being so, it is well worth investigating by any couple facing divorce, a child custody fight, a visitation dispute, or other interpersonal conflict.
Mediation is a process that may help you resolve your case so you can have an uncontested divorce. Mediation is particularly useful in situations involving children, since it is in the interests of the children that their parents “get along” even if they will no longer live together as husband and wife. In the State of Texas, all cases that involve contested custody or visitation matters are referred to mandatory mediation, provided the parties are represented by an attorney and there is no allegation of domestic abuse.
Mediation attempts to change disputes from “win-lose” to “win-win.” Mediation is a non-adversarial process of helping people come to agreement on issues like parenting arrangements, support of children and spouses and division of real and personal property. Mediation occurs when a neutral third-party, who has training in dispute resolution, assists you and your spouse and helps you resolve the issues that are causing conflict and to make cooperative, informed decisions.
When to Use Family Mediation in Texas
Mediation can be used to resolve the entire range of family disputes either before a divorce takes place in order to consummate a marital settlement agreement, as well as after the divorce to resolve continuing disputes that might arise under a marital settlement agreement.
A history of abuse or allegations of abuse preclude mediation and the court will not refer for mandatory mediation of child custody or visitation any situation where abuse has been evident.
Mediation should not be used when there has been evidence of domestic violence or abuse or there is a great difference in power between the parties. For the mediation process to work there must be some degree of trust between the parties.