Whether you are pursuing a divorce in Tennessee or Mississippi, you may want to consider mediation as one way of settling your divorce-related issues with your soon-to-be ex.
Essentially, divorce mediation is an informal settlement process in which you, your spouse and both of your attorneys meet with a neutral third party, who is typically a lawyer trained in mediation. The mediator's job is simply: to work with all parties involved to facilitate a settlement.
There are many benefits of divorce mediation, including:
- Control: Most importantly, you ― and not the judge ― have control over all divorce-related matters during mediation, including issues related to property division, child custody and visitation. While the mediator will guide you through the process, he or she does not control the outcome. You know your situation better than anyone, so who better to determine what is best for you and your children? In some cases, you may even be able to reach creative solutions that a court would likely overlook.
- Flexibility: Unlike a judge, a mediator does not have final decision-making authority ― you do. In fact, until you reach an actual agreement, divorce mediation is not binding, which means you do not have to agree to anything if it is not in your best interests and the best interests of your family.
- Protects children: Divorce mediation is often easier on children, particularly when compared to long, drawn-out custody disputes in court. Mediation allows you and your spouse to work together to create a custody arrangement without having to put your children in the middle of an adversarial court dispute.
- Cost: If you and your spouse are able to settle your divorce through mediation, you can avoid lengthy ― and often-costly ― court battles.
No Matter The Circumstances, Thomas Family Law Firm, PLC, Can Help
If you have questions about divorce mediation and whether the process would be beneficial for you, contact the Thomas Family Law Firm, PLC. Even if divorce mediation is not the best option, we can still assist you ― and we will be as aggressive as necessary to help get you the results you and your family need.
Call Germantown office today at 901-537-0010, or email us online. We serve clients throughout Memphis and North Mississippi.