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If you and your spouse are considering a divorce you may want to avoid costly litigation and mediate the case. Mediation is the process of asking a third party, a family law mediator, to help you settle the issues regarding property, custody, visitation, child support, etc.

Mediated Settlement Agreements Are Binding-

One reason to settle a case at mediation is that a Mediated Settlement Agreements, or an “MSA”, is almost impossible to change or challenge once signed. If you can reach an agreement and sign an MSA, you can know that those issues are behind you and move forward and enter a decree finalizing the case.  A valid MSA “is binding on the parties and requires the rendition of a divorce decree that adopts the parties’ agreement.” Milner v. Milner, 361 S.W.3d 615, 618 (Tex. 2012); see also Loya v. Loya, 526 S.W.3d 448, 451 (Tex. 2017).

Filing for a divorce can be a scary task because not many people know the law, or they’ve heard several things about what could happen, but aren’t sure if it’s true. It’s an unknown territory and can be difficult to maneuver on your own. This is why it’s important to have a concise explanation about each step in the process, to ensure that you’re informed and can be prepared.

• Step One: Filing

You’ve hired your attorney at Guest & Gray, P.C. to handle your divorce. The first step is to file what is called the Original Petition of Divorce which lays out all of the information on your divorce such as the dates of your marriage and separation, the grounds for your divorce (insupportability is standard but there can be other reasons such as adultery), whether there are any children of the marriage, and division of the community property.