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Camille Cooper Scroggins, P.C.
6860 N. Dallas Pkwy. Suite 200
Plano, TX 75024

15303 Dallas Pkwy. Suite 700
Addison, TX 75001
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Mediation


Mediation is a tool used successfully by many to settle family law disputes before they end up at the courthouse for trial. In mediation, a neutral third party mediator with no connection to the case or its parties acts as a communications facilitator whose job is to help the parties negotiate a settlement. The mediator does not make decisions, act as a judge or arbitrator, or give legal advice. Instead, each party speaks directly to the mediator about their situation, their concerns, and their goals and ideas for resolving their dispute.

After asking questions and gaining an understanding of the interests of each party, the mediator facilitates the exchange of information and settlement options between the parties and helps them craft a mutually beneficial settlement. The parties, not a judge, are in control of the outcome, and a settlement is reached only if the parties agree. That settlement is then documented, signed, and filed with the court.

Unlike in a courtroom, the setting at mediation is cooperative and relaxed. Depending on the complexity of the issues involved, the parties spend from a half day to a full day in a private office with the mediator. They usually occupy separate rooms while the mediator goes back and forth spending time with each party individually, but sometimes everyone comes together if productive discussions can occur in that environment. Lawyers for the parties may or may not attend the mediation. Because the parties are present, participating in the mediation, and control the outcome, they are generally very satisfied with both the process and the settlement. They also realize the benefit of avoiding the extra cost and emotional stress of going through a contested trial.

Mediations are confidential proceedings, and nothing stated during them may be used against a party in court. The mediator cannot testify at court, and can only tell the judge that the case did or did not settle.

A typical mediator in a family law case is a lawyer who has knowledge of the laws related to the issues in the case and who has had mediation training. Camille Cooper Scroggins has practiced family law for 27 years and has over 225 hours of training in Mediation and Collaborative Divorce. She is an experienced mediator with a high settlement rate who has helped many families avoid the emotional trauma and expense of courthouse proceedings.

If you believe mediation might be beneficial for you, contact Camille Cooper Scroggins directly.


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