Nashville Mediation Lawyer
What is Mediation?
The Tennessee Supreme Court defines mediation as “an informal process in which a neutral person [the mediator] conducts discussions among the disputing parties designated to enable them to reach a mutually acceptable agreement among themselves on all or any part of the issues in dispute.”
The Tennessee Supreme Court lists mediators who have complied with certain qualification and training requirements contained in Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31. Rule 31 Listed Family Mediators complete additional training in family law and family mediation. If you are in need of a Nashville mediation attorney, our firm has the experience and knowledge to help!
The Role of the Mediator
The mediator is completely neutral and impartial. The mediator’s job is to help the parties to a conflict reach an amicable resolution to their differences. The mediator is not a judge and cannot make a decision, a ruling or compel the parties to accept a certain agreement or resolution. Further, mediation is entirely confidential, and things discussed during mediation are not admissible in later court proceedings.
While mediation is voluntary, a judge can order the parties to go to mediation and/or the courts can require parties to attend mediation before going to trial. Most divorces in Tennessee must go to mediation before the court sets the case for trial. Mediation can save time and money and can help conflicting parties reach an agreement and resolve their disputes without the need for a trial.
Although many mediators may also be lawyers, the mediator cannot provide legal advice to the participants in mediation. If the parties have attorneys, the attorneys will attend mediation with their clients and will advise the parties as to the legal issues discussed at mediation.
How Mediation Can Help Resolve Family Disputes
Mediation can be especially beneficial in resolving family disputes.
- Some types of family issues that can be resolved by mediation:
- Parenting Plan or Visitation issues
- Disagreements regarding decision making in existing parenting plans
By attending mediation and working toward a collaborative solution to a dispute, the parties maintain control over the outcome, rather than leaving their important family issues to be decided by a judge. Mediation can also promote and maintain constructive relationships between the parties who, especially in family issues, must continue to cooperate and communicate in the future.
The Collins Law Firm, PLLC has an experienced Rule 31 Listed Family Mediator in attorney Bethany Peery Glandorf. As a skilled Nashville mediation lawyer, she can help you and your family come to an understanding and resolution. We are dedicated to the pursuit of our clients’ best interests.
Contact The Collins Law Firm, PLLC today to schedule a mediation or to consult with one of our mediation attorneys in Nashville regarding your family mediation issues.