No responsible lawyer is going to assist you with preparation of documents through avvo. The details in a family law case are important as is what you are trying to accomplish. We can't know all of that on a general information questions website.
So, you really do need to speak with a competent family law attorney who can listen to the whole story and give you specific advice. Many family law attorneys do not charge for he first visit. And, many are quite reasonably priced. Others cost alot. So you need to ask questions about fees if you are a bit short on cash.
As far as mediation goes, in Texas a family law mediation is typically a neutral mediator acting as a go between trying to help the parties to the lawsuit reach a solution that is acceptable to all. Somtimes the process can be pretty formal, but in my experience it is not generally formal in the same way as a court hearing.
The mediator is not supposed to give you legal advice, and sometimes is not even a lawyer.
All this said, again you really do need to get yourself a family law attorney to work on this for you.
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The role of the mediator in a mediation is to try to get the two opposing sides to come a some sort of mutual agreement. The mediator does not take sides and cannot give legal advice. Mediation works as a 'timeout' from litigation so the parties can try to settle the issues before going to court.
You should speak the advice and representation of a qualified family law attorney in your area for assistance with your case.
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What should you expect? If you are headed into mediation without a lawyer, you should expect to have a very difficult time, especially if you ex has a lawyer.
If you are in a child custody lawsuit you need an attorney. If you want to get the best result at mediation, you need an experienced local family attorney. I agree that no lawyer on Avvo can walk you through how to effectively mediate a family case. It's not possible. I recommend you spend your time interviewing local family attorneys, and that you hire the best family attorney you can afford immeidately.
Robert Guest is a Kaufman County Criminal Defense Lawyer with offices is Forney, Texas, Irving, Texas and Kaufman, Texas. We do not have an attorney-client relationship. My use of Avvo is not intended to form an attonrey-client relationship. Avvo is a limited forum and should never be used as a replacement for a consultation with a local lawyer. My answers are not legal advice. You really need a consultation with a local attorney. Do that before making any important decisions.