Clarksville Mediation Attorneys Achieve Collaborative Divorce Solutions
Bringing divorcing Tennessee couples to agreement for more than 60 years
Mediation is a way to reach efficient resolutions to legal issues and avoid drawn-out, combative and costly court battles. There are many advantages to mediation. Avoiding a fight in court can lead to a better long-term relationship with your ex-spouse. More peaceful divorce proceedings are easier on your children. Mediation takes less time than litigation and is certainly less expensive. It is a private process whereas court proceedings are public. Perhaps most importantly, you and your spouse make the decisions — not the judge. At Bateman & Bateman, P.C. we help clients achieve mutually beneficial agreements through mediation.
The mediation process
An effective alternative to a lengthy divorce process, mediation enables a neutral, third-party mediator to work with spouses to reach agreement on key family law issues. These can include divorce, child custody and support, spousal support and property division. The mediator does not give advice. The process is voluntary and nonadversarial.
No matter what issues are being mediated, the process generally follows the same steps:
- Agreement to participate: The parties agree to submit to mediation, with or without legal representation.
- Scheduling: A meeting is scheduled in a neutral, nonthreatening location.
- Introductory remarks: The mediator makes an opening statement outlining the participants’ roles, defining ground rules, setting the time frame for the process and sometimes summarizing the issues being mediated.
- Statement of the problem: The parties or their legal representatives each tell their side of the story without interruptions.
- Information gathering: To build rapport between the parties, the mediator asks questions, repeats ideas and summarizes progress.
- Problem identification: The mediator works to find common ground between the parties and to identify which issues can be settled first and those which require additional work.
- Bargaining, generating options, reaching agreement: Processes mediators use to resolve outstanding issues include brainstorming, breakout sessions and one-on-one meetings with individual participants. A final proposal, drafted and agreed upon by both parties, is signed by the parties and their representatives.
Bateman & Bateman, P.C. works with divorcing couples to reach amicable and affordable solutions to their legal disputes through mediation.
Contact a Clarksville, TN mediation attorney today
The innovative, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® attorneys at Bateman & Bateman, P.C. are experienced, focused and dedicated to getting the best possible results for their clients. Whether you decide to use mediation or litigation, we can help. Call us today at 931.647.5959 or 800.264.0041 (toll free) or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation to review your options.