The Texas Family Code provides mediation in Texas to resolve family law disputes. The statute is Section 6.602, and it allows two parties to voluntarily, or on the order of the court, to take their divorce to mediation. The statute provides an exception to mediation, in those cases where there has been proven family violence.
Mediation, also called structured negotiation, is a private and informal alternative to settling disputes in court. In mediation, a neutral third party helps the parties reach a good resolution. Unlike a judge or jury, the mediator may not force the parties to accept a settlement. Mediation allows the parties to reach an agreement that is best for their situation.