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When most people think of divorce, they think of a messy and arduous process that takes a long time and stresses you out all along the way. And this fact alone sometimes keeps people in unhealthy relationships that only make their life miserable.

These people often don’t realize that divorce doesn’t have to be a lengthy and miserable experience. What if we told you that pursuing a dissolution or marriage is possible to save time, money, and stress while possibly getting you a better and more desirable outcome? It’s perfectly possible, thanks to mediated divorce.

Understanding the Legality of Mediation Agreements in Texas

In Texas, mediated settlement agreements are typically binding, and the parties may not back out of the settlement. The settlement becomes legally binding once the spouses sign it and the mediator sends it to the judge.

To learn more about mediated divorce or to discuss whether it’s the right option for you, dial (512) 668-7133 to speak with the skilled team of Austin attorneys from Andrae Law, PLLC!

Why Choose Andrae Law, PLLC?

  • Committed to Giving Back
    Our firm is involved with giving back to the legal profession and the community.
  • Board Certified
    Amanda Andrae is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
  • Experienced Attorneys
    Our attorneys have over 40 years of combined legal experience.

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a process that allows a couple who wishes to pursue a divorce to take important matters into their own hands outside the courtroom. Through the mediation process, both spouses and their attorneys work with each other to negotiate the terms of their divorce, including major issues like property division, alimony and child support payments, and even child custody and parenting terms. Mediation is often done with the help of a mediator, a neutral third party who facilitates meetings and negotiations and keeps the discussions progressing until a solution can be found.

Can You Use a Mediator for Divorce in Texas?

Yes, you can use a mediator for divorce in Texas. If both parties agree in writing or at a court hearing, the Austin court may refer a divorce case to mediation. You can go to mediation before or after you file your divorce petition.

Here are just a few of the benefits of mediated divorce:

  • Faster conclusions: Mediated divorces can be completed in a much shorter time than one that’s battled out through courtroom hearings and sessions.
  • Better solutions: By removing the uncertainty of a judge’s rulings from the process, you and your spouse will both likely come to terms that better fit your life now and in the future.
  • Lower costs: Mediation eliminates the need for costly court sessions as well as cuts down on the amount of time to complete your case, both of which can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars on the cost of your divorce.
  • Less stress: Working together with your spouse rather than against each other often leads to less stress throughout the process and less harbored resentment when the process is complete, which means for a much happier post-marriage life and relationship.
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  • "They were great with communication"
    I am very pleased with Andrae Law. I got divorced and had a child custody matter I needed help with and they handled it. They were very direct with what my options were. If I was confused about something they were very good about explaining the process and what had to be done. They were great with communication, via email and phone. I've had attorneys in the past that wouldn't return my call for up to a week, I was very happy that didn't happen with this firm. I feel I definitely got my money's worth. I highly recommend Amanda Andrae & Sally Pretorius with Andrae Law.
  • "Perfect amount of understanding and empathy"
    Amanda and her team have exhibited the perfect amount of understanding and empathy balanced with sound legal guidance. Amanda was sensitive to my desires in implementing my divorce and setting up visitation for my ex-husband but didn't let me short myself by giving up more than I needed.
  • "Ethical, compassionate, dedicated attorney in an extremely complicated and difficult situation."
    Amanda Andrae is an ethical, compassionate, dedicated attorney who truly cares about what is important in family law, the best interest of the child. My situation was beyond complex and difficult with respect to the dyamics of all the involved parties, therapists, attorneys, witnesses, etc. Amanda did not falter in her ability to skillfully manage both the "people" side of things and the legal/ technical. She is honest and responsive, and truly went above and beyond to find ways to resolve an impossible situation. Amanda is also well respected by other attorneys, judges and therapists in Austin, which is important. In a situation where there were often no good answers, she did what she does best, which is think strategically, creatively, and always focus on what was best for my children and for me. If you want an ethical, compassionate, skilled family law attorney, I highly recommend Amanda Andrae.
  • "Knowledgeable and compassionate"
    Amanda is a very knowledgeable and compassionate attorney who expertly guides her clients to fair settlements and, when needed, to very good outcomes in the courtroom.
  • "Excellent & Trustworthy divorce attorney"
    Amanda and her team impressed me from the very get-go. If you want an attorney who is responsive, who will work as much within your budget as possible, and will keep you clearly informed throughout your legal journey - I recommend Amanda fully and without reservation. In my case, it was a relatively agreeable divorce situation with children, multiple properties and businesses involved. And as my divorce attorney, I could not have asked for better representation and sound advice. As with any divorce, I had some times of pretty high emotion and Amanda was kind, non-judgmental and very understanding to the challenges I was facing. And along the way, Amanda and I shared some great laughs which made the tough situation of divorce a bit easier. Are there things that Amanda's office could probably do better? Sure. But that's true of any attorney or any business practice. What she does best is what matters most - and that is ensuring her clients are protected, advised, and represented professionally with the highest ethical standards.
  • "Great family lawyer"
    I hired Amanda Andrae to help me with a child conservator issue. I had orders in place already regarding custody and child support but I needed to change them to sole conservatorship in order to take care of everything for my daughter in the complete absence of her father. I knew that changing orders was very difficult and would be even more so without being able to locate the father to serve him. I had also had a terrible experience with the lawyer who wrote the original orders and felt very uncomfortable undergoing the process again. I researched and chose Amanda and her firm carefully and I am so glad I did. Amanda figured out exactly what needed to be done, inspired confidence and calm in me, and took me through the long process with the exact end result I needed for my daughter's safety and best interests. The new orders are perfect, thoughtfully written to reflect our situation rather than boilerplate, and have already worked wonders. With them, I was able to get my daughter a passport and give her school authority to turn away her father if he tried to come pick her up. I feel immense peace of mind knowing my daughter is safe.
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    Amanda, "Thank you" is insufficient, as I am deeply moved by your incredible generosity. Your support, along with Joan and Alex, has been beyond remarkable. I don't know how I would've gotten through this experience without all of you. You and Joan are just as much therapists as you are lawyers. You both fought for me and didn't let me back down when I was emotionally exhausted but you did so with respect and integrity. You provided me with the validation I needed when I doubted myself. I now carry this forward with me and the value of such is priceless. You turned one of the worst experiences of my life into one of my proudest. As a result of the dedication and unwavering support I received from you both, my family will forever be shaped for the better. In sincere gratitude, I wish you all the best.