Why put your life in the hands of someone who doesn’t know you and your family.

Why even risk it? Instead, we strongly encourage clients to resolve their disputes in more amicable proceeding outside of court.  

Generally, mediation is used when both parties desire an amicable divorce and truly feel they can work together to come up with positive result for all. Couples voluntarily participate in mediation to resolve their dispute by agreement. In most cases, mediation proves successful and allows everyone to avoid the costs of trial.  

A mediator is a neutral third party who facilitates the settlement between the two spouses, helping both parties communicate what they want and why.  An attorney can be hired to represent them at any stage during the mediation process.

Benefits of Mediation:

  • It puts the power back into the hands of the families. You have more control of the outcome and are not subject to the judge’s ruling at trial.
  • With better and longer-lasting child-support agreements. If both parties own the mediation process, the agreement will last longer and be more durable.
  • A better example for the children. Parents who mediate are more like to remain cordial, working together for the good of the family. Model what you want your kids to become.
  • It’s not as emotionally taxing. Mediation usually avoids the emotional rollercoaster of having to go to court.
  • It’s quicker. Mediation typically takes 3 to 6 months, whereas litigation can average 2 years. Obviously, mediation allows you to get on with your lives faster than trial.
  • It’s less expensive. Mediation costs are usually shared equally by both parties, and can cost between $2,000 to $5,000. Litigation, however, can cost up to $20,000 per person.
  • It’s confidential. Unlike in the courts, discussions about finances and other personal information are not part of the public record or open to the public.
  • And offers more creative, fulfilling solutions. We’ll structure a plans to fit most any nontraditional work or life situation to achieve the most appropriate parenting solution.

Choose the right mediator for you.

The selection of a mediator is an important component because he or she controls the process.  Some mediators conduct mediation with both parties in the same room. Others utilize the shuttle system, whereby the parties are in separate rooms and the mediator goes back and forth between the rooms.  

Each mediator has a different style. Some are strictly facilitative and only help the parties come to an agreement from their respective positions. Others incorporate an evaluative method and offer an opinion regarding how a particular position would be perceived in court and offer alternatives in an effort to settle the matter.

In Tennessee, parties are required to mediate in an attempt to resolve their disputes before going to trial. Ms. Harrington is trained as a mediator and will truly listen to both parties’ concerns. She can introduce unique solutions to marital disputes and help prioritize goals. Harrington Law can also represent you at any stage of the mediation process. We can be your coach while you mediate directly with your spouse and another mediator, or we can fully represent you at a mediation.