Explaining Your Alternatives to Trial Divorce
If you are considering divorce or are already proceeding with the process, the family law lawyers at Davis & Greene, P.C. in Memphis can help through every step of the process. Even if your divorce case does not go to trial, having skilled and experienced Memphis divorce mediation attorneys on your side can make a significant difference in defending your best interests. This is especially true when child support, child custody, alimony, property division, and other complex areas of family law in Tennessee are concerned.
What is divorce mediation and why do I need a lawyer?
Below are a few of the common questions that our clients have asked our Shelby County family lawyers regarding divorce mediation:
- What is the mediation process? Mediation is a required part of a contested divorce to help keep your case from going to trial. A neutral mediator—not a judge in a courtroom—will facilitate the negotiations of the divorce. This is usually done in the mediator’s office or other neutral site. After mediation, if an agreement cannot be reached, the divorce case may still go to court.
- Do I have to go through divorce mediation in Tennessee? If you are going through a contested divorce in Tennessee, you will be required to attend mediation. Most people going through a contested divorce in Tennessee will attend mediation.
- Can the discussion at mediation be used in the Tennessee divorce if we go to court? No, nothing said at mediation is admissible in court, so the parties can speak freely during attempts to resolve their disputes. The mediator will only report to the court that mediation occurred and a settlement was reached or it was not.
- Do I need a divorce lawyer during the mediation process? While choosing to have a lawyer is optional, the legal details and long-term effects of a divorce settlement make having a lawyer nearly mandatory. Your attorney will be familiar with the mediation process and can assist you in defending your best interests and can handle all the negotiations.
Your divorce may not be contested. You may be able to dissolve your marriage without mediation. You may never go to court. But you may need an attorney to consider all the long term-details, file the paperwork, and offer legal advice. Contact the affordable and exceptional Memphis divorce attorneys at Davis & Greene to help your through the divorce process.