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When to Use a Mediator in a Family Law Case

Mediation Can Provide Several Benefits in Some Family Law Cases

Mediation is a method of dispute resolution that allows two parties to work toward an agreed-upon resolution with the help of a Rule 31 Listed third-party mediator. It can be helpful in some family law cases when there is a certain amount of agreement between the parties concerning important issues and help to avoid a lengthier, more expensive litigation process.

It is also important to note that Tennessee law requires mediation in all divorces, parentage, custody, and custody modifications before allowing parties to engage in a divorce trial. In some cases, a judge can waive this requirement.

When it is and is Not Helpful

Mediation can be helpful in cases where:

However, it is less helpful in cases where there is no hope of compromise (as the mediator cannot impose a resolution on the parties).

What to Expect as Parents

If you are preparing to engage in mediation pursuant to your divorce or are seeking it out in order to help with critical decisions in other areas of family law, such as child custody and visitation, mediation in the context of child custody is going to steer you toward focusing on what is in the best interests of the child and coming up with a parenting plan that reflects this. In general, the mediation session(s) will:

Keep in mind that it is the mediator’s job to:

Murfreesboro & Rutherford County, Tennessee Family Law Mediation Services

Having a family mediator guiding the process can help couples to navigate and resolve difficult issues that can otherwise cause divorce and all of the important related areas to drag out over time, causing more pain for a family. At the Law Office of David L. Scott, we are prepared to help you through mediation: Contact us to schedule a confidential consultation today to learn more about our services.

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