Less Stress, More Discussion
Traditional divorce litigation is can be contentious, lengthy and expensive. To address these issues, many people are choosing collaborative divorce or mediation instead of litigation. During these processes, the divorcing spouses and their individual lawyers work together to reach a negotiated settlement. When successful, mediation and collaborative divorce are less stressful and may be less costly than litigation.
The Ewing Law Office LLC provides representation in collaborative divorce, mediation and other family law matters. We understand that resolving a divorce through alternative dispute resolution is a good choice for many couples. Attorney Lisa Millican Ewing has the experience to help you through divorce through any means you choose. Please call our office at (615) 800-3720 or contact us online to schedule a free 30-minute initial consultation with a Nashville collaborative divorce attorney.
Each person in a collaborative divorce retains his or her own lawyer and signs an agreement stating that the spouses will resolve all issues and reach a negotiated settlement. If they are unable to reach an agreement, each attorney will withdraw and the couple will go to trial with new attorneys. Because the couple will need to spend additional time and money hiring new lawyers and pursuing litigation if the collaboration fails, there is extra incentive for all parties to work together.
The atmosphere of collaborative divorce is more relaxed than a courtroom setting. With the focus on reaching an agreement, the parties are encouraged to talk openly and compromise instead of arguing. In some cases, other professionals such as divorce coaches will help facilitate productive conversation between the spouses.
Tennessee requires that spouses attempt to resolve their differences in mediation when a divorce is contested. They must try mediation before the court will set a trial date, and they must share mediation costs. You can also use mediation in post-divorce matters such as modification of a parenting plan or custody and visitation. Most parenting plans require the parties to attempt to resolve disputes involving visitation or custody issues through mediation before a judge will hold a trial for a change of custody or modification of a parenting plan.
Mediation can be performed with the spouses and their attorneys and the mediator in the same room or with the spouses and their attorneys in separate rooms while the mediator goes between rooms. Attorney Ewing is experienced in resolving cases with the assistance of a mediator. Tennessee law requires that divorcing couples attend mediation with a Rule 31 listed mediator to attempt to reach a settlement agreement in their divorce.
Please contact attorney Ewing to discuss how mediation is used to settle divorces without the necessity of a court trial.
Contact a Franklin Divorce Attorney
To schedule a free 30-minute initial consultation, please call (615) 800-3720.