Linda M. Schweitzer is a dedicated Family Law professional who offers creative and affordable mediation in Family Law matters. She has over 20 years in the Family Law field working as a Family Law Mediator and contract Family Law Paralegal in the Dallas and surrounding metropolitan areas. She has extensive knowledge of the Dallas court system and judges as well as those in other areas including Collin, Denton, Hunt, Kaufman, Rockwall, Tarrant, and surrounding counties. She has a profound understanding of the issues that arise in Family Law disputes and works diligently and compassionately with the clients to help resolve those disputes. She also works to resolve same-sex couple disputes.
What is Mediation? Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution that attempts to facilitate agreement between the conflicted parties through the use of a trained neutral called a mediator. The mediation process is confidential and cannot be used as evidence at trial. If an agreement is reached between the parties, it will be binding on the parties and such an agreement shall be put in writing, signed by the parties and attorneys (if represented), and filed with the Court.
In Family Law matters, that agreement is then drafted into a decree or modification that is filed with the Court. Family Law disputes are typically charged with a high degree of emotion. The mediator in a Family Law dispute should have in their repertoire the abilities to listen attentively, hear compassionately, and to allow the parties to vent their anguish or frustration. This may be the only time that a party will feel that his or her story was told and heard. Although the mediator is not acting as an attorney and is not required to be an attorney by the ADR statute, in Family Law matters, the mediator should have a good working knowledge of the Texas Family Code and the requirements of the Court where the matter is filed. The majority of Courts in the Dallas and surrounding communities handling Family Law cases will require that the parties participate in mediation prior to setting the matter for final trial.
Mediation can also be initiated prior to filing suit by request of one of the parties.
COUNTIES SERVED IN TEXAS
Dallas, Collin, Denton, Kaufman, Hunt, Rockwall, Tarrant and other surrounding counties