In litigation, two parties fight to win a battle. Unfortunately, everyone loses when the battle gets ugly. Both parties must walk away from a stressful process and live with the choices made and words spoken. Mediation is an invaluable tool to help couples craft amicable resolutions to their family law issues. At the Law Office of Sarah M. Turner, we offer certified mediation services to help clients in Memphis and the surrounding counties effectively communicate their concerns and desires for divorce, child custody, child support and parenting time agreements.
Mediation is now required for Tennessee residents who file for all divorce and post-divorce orders not involving a modification of child support. Starting in 2017, all contested custody or visitation disputes handled in juvenile court go to mediation prior to litigation as well. This is because juvenile court also recognizes the truly valuable path that mediation offers.
It keeps you in control. In litigation a judge (someone who is not familiar with your personal situation) will decide what is best for your family in a matter of hours. Mediation can help you avoid this uncertainty. You will have the power to decide what is best for you and your child.
It encourages communication and compromise. Mediation can give you the tools of communication and compromise. Building these skills can be helpful down the road when you and your ex-spouse or ex-partner must work together to raise your child.
It is flexible. The process allows for parents to choose creative solutions to solve their family law issues, rather than following rigid rules of the court.
It saves time and money. Litigation can become a time-consuming process when conflict is involved. This means that attorney's fees and court fees continue to pile up. Mediation is a more casual process where you control the amount of time and money that you want to spend.
It is less stressful. You will experience a relaxed environment during our mediation sessions. You can choose to dress casually and drink coffee during our conversations. This option is often preferred over high-stress, formal court proceedings.
Ideally, mediation helps protect you, your ex (or soon-to-be), and your children. Contact our office today to speak with a lawyer and find out if mediation is right for you. Reach us by calling 901-603-4491, or by filling out our online contact form.