The Tennessee Supreme Court defines mediation as “an informal process in which a neutral person [the mediator] conducts discussions among the disputing parties designated to enable them to reach a mutually acceptable agreement among themselves on all or any part of the issues in dispute.”

To be a Tennessee Supreme Court approved Rule 31 Family Mediator, the individuals must meet certain qualification and training requirements, including continuing training in family law and family mediation.

The Collins Legal family law team has an excellent in-house mediator, who serves as a mediator as well as our lead family law attorney. 


The Mediator's Role

The mediator is completely neutral and impartial. The mediator’s job is to help the parties to a conflict reach an amicable resolution to their differences. The mediator is not a judge and cannot make a decision, a ruling or compel the parties to accept a certain agreement or resolution. Further, mediation is entirely confidential, and things discussed during mediation are not admissible in later court proceedings.

While mediation is voluntary, a judge can order the parties to go to mediation and/or the courts can require parties to attend mediation before going to trial. Most divorces in Tennessee must go to mediation before the court sets the case for trial. Mediation can save time and money and can help conflicting parties reach an agreement and resolve their disputes without the need for a trial.

Although many mediators may also be lawyers, the mediator cannot provide legal advice to the participants in mediation. If the parties have attorneys, the attorneys will attend mediation with their clients and will advise the parties as to the legal issues discussed at mediation.

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benefits of mediation

By attending mediation and working toward a collaborative solution to a dispute, the parties maintain control over the outcome, rather than leaving their important family issues to be decided by a judge.

Mediation also promotes and maintains constructive relationships between the parties who, especially in family issues, must continue to cooperate and communicate in the future.

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what to expect

At Collins Legal, we understand the seriousness of legal family matters. The stakes of a family law case are incredibly high and often involve matters such as the rights to your children, divorce terms, or whether or not a spouse will need to pay support. Our firm is dedicated to pursuing the best interests of our clients and their families. With over a decade of experience to back us, our family attorneys in Nashville can provide legal guidance through the duration of your case—from start to finish—and aggressively secure your rights to family, support, and assets.

Our firm recognizes that every family is different. When a client comes to us, we make the effort to learn each detail of the case and craft personalized legal strategies, ensuring the best possible outcome. We take pride in instilling confidence when clients put their case in our hands.

If your case did not end well or if your situation has changed since your case was handled, Collins Legal can also handle appeal or modification cases. Things happen in life and changes sometimes have to be made. Whether you need to modify your child support due to the loss of your job or you would like to appeal for visitation rights, our family law attorneys in Nashville have the know-how to help.


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