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Mediation

Mediation is a process in which a third-party neutral assists in resolving a dispute between two or more other parties. It is a non-adversarial approach to conflict resolution. The role of the mediator is to facilitate communication between the parties, assist them in focusing on the real issues of the dispute, and generate options that meet the interests or needs of all relevant parties in an effort to resolve the conflict.

What is the attorney’s role in mediation?

Your attorney can help you identify issues to be mediated, prepare you to enter mediation, advise you regarding application of the law and possible outcomes in court, and represent you in the mediation process.

How can I find an experienced mediator?

Your lawyer can help you to select a mediator or, if in court, a judge can appoint one. Mediators can be lawyers, mental health professionals, clergy, and other trained professionals. You and your spouse should both trust the mediator since this individual is going to help you to communicate through your differences. 

A person who has been trained and recognized as a family law mediator according to established procedures by the Supreme Court of Tennessee is identified as a “Rule 31 Listed Family Mediator.”

What if my case isn’t resolved through mediation?

If already in litigation, you and your attorney will continue negotiation as well as prepare for trial. If working on a mediated agreement, you can try other alternatives, such as arbitration or collaborative law, or you can file a lawsuit.

Should I meet with an experienced divorce law attorney?

Should I meet with an experienced divorce law attorney before deciding on mediation, litigation or collaborative law?  Yes. You should meet with an experienced divorce law attorney who can explain your rights, review the facts of your case, explain applicable law, and help you to understand how mediation, litigation or collaborative law can work best for your case.

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