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The Basics Of Family Law Mediation

How Does It Work?

If you've been wondering about whether or not to try mediation, the decision is easier than you think. Under Tennessee law, couples are required to attempt mediation in any divorce case before litigating.

There are essentially two scenarios available in family law mediation. In one scenario, the spouses agree to work with just a third-party mediator with no other legal professionals present. In the second scenario, each spouse is represented by his or her own attorney during sessions with a neutral, third-party mediator. At John M. L. Brown, P.C. we can act as mediators in either scenario.

Which Family Law Issues Can Be Mediated?

One of the beneficial aspects of mediation is that it allows estranged spouses to negotiate an agreement on all family law matters, including divorce, child custody and financial support. And because these issues are addressed at the negotiating table, both spouses have considerable control over the outcome and the final agreement can be highly customized and specific.

Our lawyer, John M. L. Brown, has been practicing law for 40 years, and he is a certified Rule 31 mediator, meaning that he has been certified to facilitate alternative dispute resolution by the state of Tennessee. We are ready to help you and your spouse/co-parent negotiate nearly any family law matter, including:

You can click on the links above to learn more about each of these areas of family law mediation.

Why Should We Mediate? And What If We Can't Reach An Agreement?

Mediation is almost always faster, cheaper and less stressful than litigation. Most agreements can be reached in a day or two of negotiations, and for a fraction of the cost of a litigated dispute. Best of all, there are no winners and losers. Each party is asked to compromise, but both parties usually walk away with a better outcome than they might have gotten in court.

Mediation works for most people in family law disputes. But there are certainly cases in which an agreement cannot be reached or one party refuses to negotiate in good faith. In such cases, litigation is the next step.

The reassuring news is that the mediator is prohibited from representing either party in litigation, and nothing from the mediation session can be subpoenaed. Therefore, there is no strategic risk to trying mediation first.

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John M. L. Brown, P.C., serves clients in the greater Nashville Area. To schedule an appointment, call us at 615-823-7457, or send us an email.

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