What is Mediation?
Mediation is an informal dispute resolution process that provides parties to a family law dispute the opportunity to resolve their conflict by utilizing a neutral third party to reach an agreement.
Mediation of Family Law Matters
Mediation is particularly useful in resolving family law conflicts. By mediating your differences, you are choosing to attempt a compromise with your spouse or ex-spouse rather than leaving the important decisions about parenting and distribution of assets up to the Court. This process often results in a Judge's decision that leaves both parties feeling dissatisfied, and reluctant to carry out the Court's order. Mediation offers a solution that does not require the parties to go through a monetarily and emotionally expensive trial.
When and How to Begin the Mediation Process
Mediation is a process that may be implemented at any point during the litigation process. Mediation may be requested by either party or if neither party requests mediation, the court may order the parties to attend mediation prior to a hearing or trial in the case. In Shelby County, most courts require that parties with minor children attempt mediation before a trial can be scheduled in the matter.