As divorces become increasingly more complicated, so does the paperwork and stress involved. Although it is true that divorce can lead to some serious expenses for the couple, the complications of the legal proceedings make hiring professionals more advantageous in sorting out property division, alimony, child support and custody and all other agreements.
Though various standard forms have been approved regarding divorce, the Texas Supreme Court has stated that "it is always best" to hire an attorney when contemplating a divorce. There is no shortage of online and other materials advertised allowing for individuals to handle the divorce themselves. However, as we mentioned in a previous post, divorce is never simple or easy under any circumstances.
The Texas Supreme Court will decide whether or not a mediated custody agreement between parents should be sanctioned, even if a judge believes it is not in the best interest of the child. Mediation for divorcing couples is cheaper, faster and less stressful for all parties involved. Therefore, state law gives our family court judges very little discretion on mediated settlements. The agreements are usually entered into court documents during routine hearings without any objections.