Mediation & Collaborative Law

Collin County, Texas, Mediator and Lawyer

Many judges in Texas require family law cases to go through mediation before they can be litigated. At the McKinney law office of Barbara L. Jouette, Attorney, P.C., we also recommend using mediation and other alternative dispute resolution methods.

Our firm helps clients decide whether mediation may work in their circumstances, and we can provide guidance as you go through a divorce mediation process.

Attorney Barbara Jouette is also available to act as a mediator in other family law disputes, including divorce, child custody and support conflicts. She also practices collaborative law in all types of family law cases.

Contact us for a free 30-minute family law consultation to determine whether your case is appropriate for mediation or collaborative law. We will listen to your questions and concerns, ask you questions regarding your unique situation, and guide you in the approach that is most appropriate for your situation.

If you and your spouse have already come to amicable agreements about property division and parenting issues, the parties may not each need to be represented by a lawyer. In uncontested divorce cases, one attorney can prepare all of the legal documents according to the agreements you have already made, saving you the cost and animosity often involved in a contested divorce.

How Does Mediation Work?

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in which a mediator — a neutral person trained in dispute resolution — listens to each person describe the dispute. The mediator then proposes possible solutions, which the parties are free to accept or reject as they wish.

Mediation of your divorce or family law case gives you more control over the outcome. A divorce trial puts decisions that affect your future or that of your family in the hands of a judge, who is a stranger and certainly will not have time to appreciate the special uniqueness of your family. In mediation, you are able to work together to reach an agreement that is suited to your individual needs and interests.

Even if you are unable to resolve all of your family law issues in mediation, you may be able to come to an agreement on some of them, saving yourself time and money in court.

In addition to mediating family law issues, Attorney Jouette has also acted as a mediator in personal injury, civil law, and real estate cases.

Collaborative Law: What and Why

Collaborative law is another way to negotiate a divorce agreement or resolve other types of family law conflicts. The collaborative divorce process allows couples to resolve their parenting and property disputes in a series of settlement conferences instead of going to court.

Unlike mediation or settlement negotiations, collaborative law frequently engages accountants, mental health care providers, counselors, and other professionals in the process. Spouses usually agree on using a single expert rather than spending the extra money on "dueling experts."

The collaborative law process gives both the spouses and the lawyers a strong incentive to reach a settlement: if the negotiations are unsuccessful and a trial must be held, the original lawyers cannot represent their clients in the trial proceedings.

Contact the Law Office of Barbara L. Jouette, Attorney, P.C.

Discover your legal options in a complimentary 30-minute consultation. Contact us today for comprehensive, compassionate, and trusted legal support and guidance in your family law case.