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An Experienced Mediation Lawyer for Your Family Law Dispute


Family law cases touch upon some of the most personal aspects of our lives including divorce, child custody and support, property division, and more. The legal process surrounding such private matters can be tumultuous and utterly exhausting. Generally, the fastest and most amicable way to resolve these issues is by avoiding court altogether and choosing to pursue mediation. Family law attorney Ryan Dougay can save clients the stress and money associated with litigation by guiding them through this alternative method of resolving disputes. Call (512) 469-0811 or email The Law Office of Ryan S. Dougay in Austin, TX, to find out how a mediation lawyer can help you.

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Mediation can be used to resolve issues related to divorce, property division, child support, and more. 

What is Mediation?

Mediation involves a neutral third party who works with each client and their respective attorneys, guiding them towards an agreement. This approach to conflict resolution is informal and flexible. The mediator encourages the parties to communicate directly as they focus on the issues of debate and develop various options to reach the best solution.

Choosing an attorney who has a proven record of success in family law mediation is imperative to ensure your specific preferences and needs are met.

Generally carried out over a day of deliberations, mediation can be used to find resolution on a number of family law matters such as:

Unlike a judge or arbitrator, a mediator does not have decision-making authority, and mediation is typically not binding. If mediation is unsuccessful, the case may move to arbitration, another form of alternative conflict resolution, or litigation.

Benefits of Mediation

Compared to cases which go to court, mediation is notably less expensive, time-consuming, and emotionally draining. A client can end up spending tens of thousands of dollars in attorney's fees for a case taken before a judge. In contrast, issues resolved in mediation typically cost a mere fraction of this total. Compared to going to trial, the advantages of mediation include:

  • Less expensive
  • Reduced emotional stress
  • Takes less time
  • Greater control over decision-making
  • More flexibility with rules and guidelines

Additionally, mediation outcomes tend to result in greater compliance for both parties, as opposed to orders given by an arbitrator or judge. Essentially, the opposing parties are more apt to comply with a solution they have agreed to themselves, rather than another party's decision that dictates their future actions in very private matters.

Legal Representation During Mediation

It is imperative to have legal representation during mediation to ensure that your interests are safeguarded. The right attorney can ease tension between the parties and redirect attention to mutually beneficial solutions. Choosing an attorney who has a proven record in family law mediation, like Mr. Dougay, is imperative to ensure your specific preferences and needs are met. He prepares for mediation with the same attention to detail as he would to go to trial. Your best interests always come first and Mr. Dougay will not hesitate to take your case to court, if needed, to achieve an optimal solution. 

Contact Our Firm Today

Attorney Dougay appreciates and respects the collaborative nature of mediation, while working details into the negotiations that better serve your priorities. Learn how mediation can help you by reaching out to The Law Office of Ryan S. Dougay today. Call (512) 469-0811 or use our online contact form.

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"Ryan helped me through my divorce and complicated property division. He was great at explaining the process to me and explaining anything that I did not understand. He and his staff were always very helpful and understanding and I couldn’t have chosen a more qualified, competent lawyer to handle my case."

Amanda - Satisfied Client

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