In mediation, a trained, neutral third party—the mediator—facilitates the negotiation of a voluntary settlement agreement, either in a divorce or in a child custody dispute. Mediators work with parties to fashion financial agreements tailored to their specific circumstances. They may also help parents with minor children develop parenting plans that focus on the best interests of their children.
The goal of mediation is to reduce the economic and emotional costs of divorce by reaching an agreement that is fair to both parties that also serves the best interests of the children in a divorcing family.
In a case involving divorce or the custody of children born to unmarried parents, most courts in East Tennessee require the parties to attend at least one mediation session. The mediator cannot decide the case or force an agreement to anything. The mediator’s job is to help both parties work toward an agreement that will satisfy the concerns of each party.
The attorneys at Sobieski, Messer & Elledge, PLLC are all trained mediators and are also experienced in representing our clients in mediations to help them reach mediated settlements and prepare the necessary settlement documents to ensure that their agreement is enforceable.