We aim for, and accomplish, mutually satisfactory solutions in mediations, and have the certifications and experience needed to help you effectively negotiate your dispute.

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As a mediator, Ms. Vance will help you find the middle ground and resolve your case, saving both time and money and keeping the decision making in your hands rather than in the hands of the courts.

Opting for mediation over litigation has several advantages, as it requires fewer resources, less time, and is less formal than a court proceeding. It means we can offer a process with direct cost savings, reduced stress, and a faster resolution process while empowering you with decision-making control, by leaving the decision up to you and not the courts.

Why Choose Mediation Over Litigation?

Mediation provides a neutral and confidential setting in which the parties can openly discuss their views on the underlying dispute. Mediation requires fewer resources and less time than a traditional lawsuit, which can help save money and minimize stress. It is also less formal than litigation, so there are fewer rules and regulations to adhere to.

Enhanced communication in a neutral setting like mediation can lead to mutually satisfactory resolutions. Mediation is also a much faster process than litigation, and it places the decision making in the hands of the participants as opposed to the Court.

What We Do as Your Family Law Attorneys for Mediation:

  • Advocate firmly for your desired result.
  • Assist our family law clients in preparation for and completion of the mediation efforts required by the Courts.
  • Prepare mediation statements and provide all important financial documents to the chosen mediator and attend mediation. 
  • Assess your particular circumstances and inform you of the pros and cons of trial should settlement not be possible.
  • Prepare all necessary documents necessary to memorialize the agreement and ensure the documents are submitted and approved by the Court. 

What We Do as Your Mediator: 

  • Act as the neutral third-party mediator for your case, maintaining a calm and peaceful negotiation process.
  • Clarify the mediation process, its voluntary nature, and the requirements of confidentiality for everyone involved.
  • Establish ground rules for the mediation sessions to maintain a respectful environment.
  • Review all documents and mediation statements provided in advance and listen carefully and attentively to your concerns while working to garner a fair and acceptable settlement.
  • Provide a safe and comfortable location for mediation free of the high level of conflict which often occurs in a courtroom setting.  
  • Maintain impartiality and not take sides, ensuring a fair process. 
  • Help the parties identify the specific issues and interests at the heart of the dispute.
  • Encourage the development of potential solutions and explore creative alternatives.
  • Offer legal insights and practical advice to help parties evaluate the feasibility of proposed solutions.
  • Assist in drafting a legally sound and comprehensive settlement agreement if an agreement is reached.
  • Provide post-mediation support, such as clarifying the terms of the agreement, to ensure compliance with any legal requirements.

Ask An Attorney About: Mediation

What is mediation?

Mediation is a non-binding process where parties (and their attorney) meet with a neutral third-party who assists them in their negotiation of their differences. 

If we come to a decision in mediation, is it legally binding?

Mediation itself is not legally binding. However, if parties reach an agreement during mediation, it can be formalized into a legally binding contract.

How long does mediation typically take?

The duration of mediation varies based on the complexity of the dispute and the willingness of disputants to come together to solve the issue, but it is often faster than litigation, with sessions typically lasting a few hours to a day.

What are the advantages of mediation over going to court?

Mediation is generally faster, less expensive, and allows participants to have more control over the outcome compared to the formal and lengthy court process.

Can I have my attorney present during mediation?

Yes, you have the option to have your attorney present during mediation. They can provide legal advice and support in the process.

Is mediation confidential?

Yes, mediation is typically confidential. Information shared during mediation cannot be used in court. This is intended to promote open and honest communication, which is more likely to lead to a resolution.

What types of cases can use mediation to resolve them, in Tennessee?

Mediation can be used for various types of disputes, including family matters, business disputes, personal injury cases, and more.

What happens if we don't reach an agreement in mediation?

If no agreement is reached, you can pursue other legal avenues, such as litigation through the court system, to resolve the dispute.

Can you provide legal advice when I hire you as a mediator?

No, a mediator's role is to facilitate communication and negotiation, not to offer legal advice. We recommend you seek legal advice from your personal attorney.